You must have concrete evidence, says PM O’Neill

I am not going to allow the Office of the Prime Minister to be demeaned, questioned when they are false allegations.

This was what Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said yesterday in regard to the recent arrests of high-profile individuals.

“Let me say this as far as my personal case is concerned. Of course nobody is above the law but you must have credible concrete evidence that these particular charges will stand in court.

“Similar to those that have been charged, you must make an assessment that you have got solid evidence because you are trying to question the reputation of some of the very high profile persons and Papua New Guineans who have contributed to the meaningful development of our country over many, many years,” the PM stated.

“To question their integrity, to question their position in the country and society is simply unacceptable if you have not fully investigated the cases.

“We cannot have a vigilante style of police operation in the country, and it is up to the Police Commissioner to take appropriate actions that he sees fit.

“He is the one that has been tasked by the constitution as the ultimate power of running the police force, and the police commissioner has got to use his power to assess if some of these cases have merit to stand trial or not.

“So that is where we are now in so far as the case is concerned.”

Press Release