23 Jun 2014

PNG police chief says Eluh insubordinate

8:12 pm on 23 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's acting police commander says the acting assistant commissioner for crimes, Thomas Eluh, was suspended for disgraceful conduct.

Mr Eluh was suspended at the weekend with initial reports saying he was got rid of because he was the lead investigator into the controversial Paraka case, in which the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, is embroiled.

Mr Eluh, along with another suspended colleague Simon Kauba, was in court today challenging that decision.

They claim last week's injunction, granted the prime minister, meant all matters to do with the Paraka case are on hold, at least until Wednesday this week.

But our correspondent Todagia Kelola says acting commissioner Geoffrey Vaki told the local media a different story, saying Mr Eluh had behaved badly toward him and had to go.

"Mr Vaki said when he came in to resume [following the lifting of his own suspension and his almost immediate appointment as commissioner] Mr Eluh had slammmed the table and told him [Mr Vaki] that his appointment was very suspicious."

Our PNG correspondent Todagia Kelola.