16 Jan 2012

PNG admit Jiwaka assault

5:59 am on 16 January 2012

Papua New Guinea police have admitted assaulting a provincial administrator who failed to pay them money they were expecting, and then stoning his office.

The officers from the new Jiwaka province assaulted Jiwaka Transitional Authority director Nicholas Kuman and stoned the administration building.

The newspaper The National reports the Acting provincial police commander Billy Kombel confirmed that policemen were involved.

It reports sources as saying the officers were angry because the money allocated by the authority for their Christmas and New Year operation had not been paid.

The newspaper says part of the allocation had already been diverted elsewhere.