New inline AFP deployment discussed

Australia has indicated a willingness to work with PNG to introduce inline police personnel to the PNG Constabulary.

Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel said both the Royal PNG Constabulary and the Australian Federal Police will need to agree to work on the best means to achieve this.

This was discussed during Abel’s visit to Australia last week.

The proposed arrangement will take into consideration the 2005 court decision which went in favour of former Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge, that the Enhanced Co-operation Program (ECP) was unconstitutional.

The ECP, worth AUD$1 billion, saw the deployment of AFP officers in PNG.

Under the ECP, AFP officers were immune from criminal prosecution within PNG and the ECP Act prevented any PNG citizen from seeking legal redress for wrongs committed by Australian police.

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Cedric Patjole