30 Jan 2012

PNG's mutinous troops to be given amnesty

6:52 pm on 30 January 2012

The remaining troops who supported Thursday's attempted Mutiny within Papua New Guinea's Defence Force and had been holed up ever since at Taurama Barracks in the capital have surrendered their weapons.

This follows discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Belden Namah.

Mr Namah says that he will seek Cabinet's approval to grant an amnesty to the estimated 30 mutinous troops, but only this once.

Yaura Sasa, the retired Colonel who led the rebel soldiers in the failed bid to take over the Defence Force, was yesterday charged with inciting mutiny.