17 Jun 2014

PNG's embattled police chief retires

2:29 pm on 17 June 2014

The Papua New Guinea Government has appointed Geoffrey Vaki as acting Police Commissioner, after Tom Kulunga retired yesterday.

The Post Courier reports Mr Kulunga voluntarily stepped down as commissioner after being sentenced to 7 months in prison on Friday.

He was convicted on contempt of court charges for failing to reinstate Mr Vaki as Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations after he had been suspended, on cabinet orders, in 2012.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill thanked Mr Kulunga for his service to the country.

Mr O'Neill says Mr Vaki's wide experience and 44 years in the police force will be valuable assets to the role.

Mr Kulunga is on bail pending an appeal against both the conviction and sentence.