18 Dec 2013

PNG's Police Commissioner says rape allegations in Wewak shameful

8:25 am on 18 December 2013

Papua New New Guinea's police Commissioner, Tom Kulunga, says the alleged rape of an 18 year-old girl in Wewak by local police is shocking and shameful.

Commissioner Kulunga made the comment in relation to the allegations that the 18-year had been sexually assaulted by four men including three Wewak-based policemen.

Commissioner Kulunga says people who do not respect life and property have no place in the police force.

He also added that appropriate action will be taken once a police investigation into the allegations are completed.

The acting police commissioner, Simon Kauba last week sent a police team to investigate the alleged rape as well as the alleged assault and detention of a woman leader.

The officers will also look into the clash between PNG Defence Force soldiers in Wewak and local police.

Commissioner Kulunga added he wanted to reassure the public that the police probe will be meticulous, open and transparent.

The Commissioner made the comments after returning from the PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum held in Canberra over the weekend.