30 Jan 2012

Mutiny accused appears in PNG court

6:45 am on 30 January 2012

The man behind an attempted military mutiny in Papua New Guinea has appeared in court charged with mutiny.

Col Yaura Sasa and his supporters stormed Murray Barracks in Port Moresby on Thursday morning, placing Brigadier-General Francis Agwi under house arrest.

Colonel Sasa was arrested in the Port Moresby suburb of Boroko on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Sir Michael Somare has issued a call to police and military to back his quest for the prime ministership.

He says police are there to uphold and enforce the law of the land and the orders of the Supreme Court.