More ructions in PNG police command

6:14 pm on 10 August 2015

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner Gari Baki is facing contempt charges for alleged interference with the arrest of the Secretary for Treasury, Dairi Vele.

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade Photo: Supplied

The charges have been brought by detectives, Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru and Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, who had been trying to arrest Mr Vele.

The specific charges are that Commissioner Baki was behind efforts to have a magistrate place a stay on the arrest warrant.

The Post Courier reports Mr Baki is seeking an interim injunction to stop Mr Damaru and Mr Gitua proceeding with the contempt allegation.

The warrant for Mr Vele's arrest centres on allegations of a multi million dollar payment to an Israeli company, called LR Group, to buy two diesel power generators.

The contempt case is expected to go to court this Wednesday.

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