19 May 2014

PNG police commissioner apologises ahead of contempt sentence

6:34 am on 19 May 2014

The Waigani National Court in Papua New Guinea has granted lawyers representing Police Commissioner, Tom Kulunga, two weeks to prepare submissions on the kind of penalty that should be imposed on him.

Kulunga was on Thursday found guilty of contempt of court for failing to reinstate Geoffrey Vaki as Assistant Commissioner Police Operations, and given a day to prepare a statement on the type of penalty he should be given.

Mr Vaki was suspended upon the orders of cabinet in 2012.

EMTV reports that when he appeared on Friday, Kulunga apologised to the court and said he never intended to undermine the court's decision, saying he did it in the interests of professionalism as Geoffrey Vaki was facing disciplinary charges at the time.

Kulunga said he accepted the court's decision to find him guilty, but said he had served the police force for 40 years with distinction and asked it to consider an appropriate penalty.