Anti-corruption lawyers allowed back into PNG

4:11 pm on 9 October 2015

A senior fraud squad member in Papua New Guinea says the reversing of a travel ban on two Australian lawyers, who represent anti-corruption police, is another small victory for justice.

Thomas Eluh

Thomas Eluh Photo: RNZI

Yesterday, the National Court put a stay on the sackings of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Thomas Eluh and Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, who had been at the forefront of fraud investigations against the prime minister.

The court also reversed a travel ban on two Australian lawyers representing fraud squad officers seeking to prosecute the prime minister Peter O'Neill.

Thomas Eluh says the two decisions can't be isolated.

"They are more or less connected to the same subject so the reversing of the ban of the two Australian lawyers is a plus to me and my team. They have been very helpful to us."

Last night, the Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, said in his 41 years in the Force he had never heard of a Commissioner's decision to dismiss a member of the Constabulary, being stayed by a court.

He plans on seeking legal advice to appeal against the decision.