15 Feb 2013

Mass arrests in PNG over burning of woman

6:11 pm on 15 February 2013

Police in Papua New Guinea say they have arrested as many as 100 people in connection with last week's burning murder of a young mother in Mt Hagen.

Kepari Lanieta was stripped, tortured and burned alive before a crowd of onlookers after she was accused of using sorcery to kill a six year-old boy.

The provincial police commander Martin Lakari has told the newspaper, the National, the arrests followed an early morning raid on Thursday.

He says police are now in the process of interviewing them and will determine over the next few days how many are formally charged with murder.

Police have been under pressure to make arrests after photos in both of PNG's daily national newspapers appeared to show hundreds of witnesses watching how Kepari Lanieta was burnt alive.