Bawa: Court decision is a huge relief for me

The Waigani National Court today has dismissed the misappropriation case against former NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa.

In a press conference after the hearing, Bawa said that from the start, he had maintained his stand that he had done the right thing in following the administrative process.

“I believe that I was charged for doing the right thing. For following due process and being accountable for the allegations that they made against me and that has been my stand since day one,” Bawa said.

Bawa says he had even approached his successor to try to explain to him over the allegations that what he had alleged was not true but despite many attempts, the allegations were put forward.”

 Bawa says the decision this morning is a huge relief to him and his family.

“It has also tarnished my reputation and integrity that I have built over the last couple of years in my service to the police force, particularly here in NCD.”

 He added that people, who didn’t know him, had a bad perception of him over the allegations. The ruling today has proved the allegations wrong and justice has prevailed eventually.

Bawa also used the opportunity to thank all friends and family, colleagues and supporters as well as the media who have been following up on the case frequently.

“This is not only my victory but a victory for all innocent members of the public, members of the police force who are going through unnecessary court cases and I believe that when police officers pursue cases, they should get their facts right so they don’t lose cases.”

 The judiciary has been very independent so as the office of the Public Prosecutor as far as the case is concerned.

“Justice has prevailed in this case,” Bawa said.

Bawa says going forward; he has left his options opens and that any plans of his next plan of action will be made known in a later time.

Annette Kora