13 Jun 2014

PNG's Kauba denies violent evictions

7:39 am on 13 June 2014

Papua New Guinea Deputy Police Commissioner, Simon Kauba, has rejected reports police violently evicted settlers in Port Moresby 12 days ago.

300 people were moved from Paga Hill to Six Mile.

Mr Kauba says it was a relocation exercise not an eviction and for that reason it was peaceful and orderly.

He claims Dr Kristian Lasslett of the UK based International State Crime Initiative has misled the world by claiming a forced and violent eviction took place.

The Deputy Commissioner says his officers were at Paga Hill because their presence was required to effect a valid court order giving possession of the land to the Paga Hill Development Company.

He says his staff did not enter houses, tear down buildings or force anyone out.

Mr Kauba says tenants were allowed to tear down the structures they lived in to help themselves to the building materials.

He says the Paga people were not thrown out in the cold but have been given a plot of land on which to rebuild their lives.