29 Jan 2012

PNG police charge man behind failed mutiny

9:21 pm on 29 January 2012

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested and charged the man who led last week's failed military mutiny.

The ABC reports that Colonel Yaura Sasa was arrested on Saturday night near the capital, Port Moresby.

On Sunday he made a brief court appearance.

Outside the court Colonel Sasa said he had been charged with mutiny, but that he is not guilty.

After his court appearance he was taken back to the Boroko police station under heavy guard.

On Thursday, Colonel Sasa and about 20 rebel soldiers took the commander of the defence force hostage saying he had been appointed as the new commander by Sir Michael Somare.

He also demanded Sir Michael be reinstated as prime minister.

But before the day was over, the commander had been freed and the rebels had withdrawn from defence headquarters.

Sir Michael has not commented publicly about the attempted mutiny.