19 Feb 2014

PNG women's group welcomes removal of police commander

7:31 pm on 19 February 2014

The leader of a provincial women's group in Papua New Guinea says the community is welcoming the news that a police station commander has been arrested and suspended from his job.

The Wewak police station commander was last week charged with assault against the president of the East Sepik council of women, Sophie Mangae, and two others who tried to lay a complaint on behalf of an alleged rape victim in December.

Yesterday Sakawar Kasieng and two other staff members were charged with the rape of the teenage girl.

Sophie Mangae says police are still investigating others involved in the alleged group-rape.

She says with the station commander gone, the Wewak police have a chance to build a good relationship with the community.

"That's what the people in East Sepik want, they want justice and they want a new police station commander, they don't want the same corrupt people in there, so they want a new station commander to be replaced as soon as he is charged and terminated or whatever."

The president of the East Sepik council of women, Sophie Mangae.