Investigation files served to cops

Six serving members of the Mobile Squad Special Service Division currently facing criminal charges for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery at the 2 Fast Motors dealership have been served their files.

Police Prosecutions served copies of the investigation files or hand-up briefs to Samuel Turi, Arnold Zilong, Tuom Tutuk, Ronald Nelson, Carl Inoumba and Jeremiah Buigen when they all returned to court on Wednesday with their lawyer, Frederick Lunge, at the Waigani Committal Court.

Their lawyer sought an adjournment to peruse those files and prepare submissions. This was allowed by the court as the files were bulky. They will return to court on July 28.

The officers were arrested and charged on March 17 for their alleged involvement in an illegal search on a Chinese national and used their office issued firearms to search and confiscate items at the 2 Fast Motors dealership on March 13.

They are facing allegations they illegally searched a Chinese national and confiscated ammunition, a pistol, bullets, large amounts of cigarettes, mobile and other valuables amounting to K105,000.

They were each charged with two counts of kidnapping, five counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of extortion and two counts of armed robbery.

The officers’ National Court bail of K1,500 is extended till July 28 while other conditions remain.

Justice Panuel Mogish, when allowing bail on April 7, issued directions for the officers to not have firearms in their possession while they perform their duty as police officers.

They were also ordered to not consume alcohol and drugs after their release on bail. 

Sally Pokiton