Charges against PNG fraud squad head on hold

8:30 pm on 21 June 2016

Freshly laid charges against the head of Papua New Guinea's police fraud squad have been temporarily suspended by the national court.

Matthew Damaru was arrested last week on charges relating to his arrest of the Supreme Court judge, Sir Bernard Sakora, in April on suspicion of judicial corruption.

Officers of the police internal affairs brought him in for questioning on alleged abuse of office and deprivation of liberty.

According to the Post Courier, Mr Damaru sought and had been granted a general adjournment of the case pending the outcome of his urgent application seeking a stay on the charges.

Meanwhile, Justice Kiele Polume has placed a restraining order preventing Police Commissioner Gary Baki or internal affairs officers making further arrests of fraud squad detectives over the Justice Sakora matter.

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court.

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades