4 Nov 2014

PNG policemen are suspended after being charged with murder

7:21 am on 4 November 2014

Two policemen in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain, facing a charge of murder over the death of a man in a police cell, have been suspended from duty.

The victim was allegedly beaten to death in Kerevat police station.

Another officer has been suspended pending an investigation into the sexual assault of a female inmate in a Kokopo police cell after she was arrested over the death of her husband.

He is jointly charged with a former policeman.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Jim Andrews, says they will need to fight their cases as civilians in the criminal court.

He says the Constabulary will not harbour criminal suspects.