19 Apr 2012

PNG Deputy PM's counter claims on illegitimate security forces

5:25 pm on 19 April 2012

Papua New Guinea's Deputy Prime Minister says an illegal combined police and military force funded by politicians has been established out of the legitimate police and Defence Force.

The newspaper, The National, reports Belden Namah as saying an illegal training camp has been established in Central province.

Mr Namah's claim comes after the East Sepik provincial government and MP Andrew Kumbakor claimed the Highlands police were mercenaries brought into Port Moresby by the Prime Minister and his deputy to maintain what he calls their illegal regime.

However, Mr Namah has told parliament that the illegal police force was using hired vehicles issued by Mr Kumbakor.

Mr Kumbakor has denied any involvement.

Mr Namah says several members of the Defence Force, who were part of the team, had been arrested and locked up at the military cells while others in the police force would be locked up shortly.

He says that after the investigations, the political leaders involved would also be arrested for promoting an illegal force.