20 Nov 2014

PNG businessman arrested over assassination plot

11:42 am on 20 November 2014

A Papua New Guinea businessman, Bryan Kramer, has been arrested on allegations of a conspiracy to kill the Madang MP, Nixon Duban.

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mr Kramer and Mr Duban both contested the Madang Open seat in 2012, the result of which Mr Kramer disputed, leading to a by-election last year.

The Post Courier reports police as saying Mr Kramer was arrested in Port Moresby after they received a complaint from Mr Duban related to the by-election.

National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa says it is alleged that Mr Kramer had planned, at some point, to cause the death of Mr Duban and that a statement would be released after further investigations.

Mr Kramer has denied the allegations, saying his arrest is an attempt to put pressure on him to deter his social media work.