1 Jul 2014

Suspended PNG policeman speaks out

1:41 pm on 1 July 2014

A suspended Papua New Guinea deputy police commissioner, Thomas Eluh, says the future of PNG will be at stake when the National Court today decides on the arrest warrant for prime minister, Peter O'Neill.

Police have been endeavouring to arrest Mr O'Neill for more than 2 weeks in relation to allegedly illegal payments to Paraka Lawyers.

The matter is back before the court now and there are expectations the arrest warrant will be withdrawn.

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Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mr Eluh, who had been centrally involved in the investigation leading to the prime minister's warrant, says it is not simply a matter of Mr O'Neill's guilt or innocence but about respect for the rule of law.

In a long statement Mr Eluh dismisses claims politics motivated the warrant or that the investigators had 'jumped the gun'.

He also says he believes the acting commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, always intended suspending him for insubordination and that that was a condition of his appointment.