PM condemns actions

He has also summoned the Police Commissioner and Defence Commander to appear before him this morning at 8.30 to provide an explanation, after returning from East New Britain and hearing of the incident.

He said, "I am appalled at the news that members of our two disciplinary forces have resorted to the use of force and breaking of law to resolve a law and order issue.”

"Police and soldiers are supposed to be the most disciplined of people, yet it is very disappointing to see such breakdowns happening and continuing.

Actions to be taken against soldier in doctor’s attack

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Registrar, Dr. Dean Wahembari, was at a colleague’s house at North Waigani to pick up his son when he was allegedly attacked by a group of off-duty, drunken soldiers.

In his statement to the Waigani police, Dr Wahembari said he and his wife had arrived at the gate of his colleague’s house at around 6.30pm on Saturday, May 19th, when they heard noises from the neighbouring house.

Five minutes later he found himself surrounded by more than 5 men, who all started assaulting him.

Soldiers pass out today

The men had gone through 3 months of theory and practical military training in order to qualify for military work.

The culmination of the theory and practical exercise was a mock dawn raid conducted recently in Central Province.

Meantime, the PNG Defence Force Training Commander, Captain Philip Polewara, said after the raid that he was satisfied with the exercise and looks forward to their final parade.


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Refugee involved in fight with soldiers: Police

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the refugee was armed with a small knife when he tried to attack a soldier where a fight took place at 4pm.

He said other soldiers came to their comrade’s assistance while bystanders came to help the refugee.

Police arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd, containing what could have been a nasty situation. 

Yapu said no one was seriously hurt or injured but warned people to respect the rights and freedom of refugees moving around in the town.

Arrest after Paris soldiers hit by car

A bullet-holed BMW could be seen where police brought it to a halt.

Earlier, six soldiers were wounded after a car was driven at them near their base in Levallois-Perret.

The Paris prosecutor described the attack as "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking".

Reports say one policeman was injured during the arrest operation on the A16 motorway at the town of Marquise near the port of Boulogne.

The BMW is said to have hit at least one other vehicle during the chase and the police opened fire several times. The suspect is in his 30s.

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Families of soldiers thanked for keeping faith
Families of the 12 PNG Defense Force Soldiers who spent more than months five incarcerated at the Bomana Correctional Facility on Saturday reunited with their loved ones.


Families of soldiers thanked for keeping faith

 The Military court put all 12 on a two years good behavior bond after it was of the view that a further custody would not be appropriate as the Government and PNGDF failed to sustain their operation in Moro.

The court suspended all their imprisonment terms ranging from three years to a year.

It was an emotional reunion for many of the wives of the soldiers and their children who had to find other means to survive after their husbands and fathers were put off the payroll.

Soldiers’ case adjourned for submissions

Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Gregory Tuaki, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson and, Kenneth Yangun briefly appeared before Magistrate John Kaumi today. They will be expected back in court on June 28.

Their lawyer is also expected to present submissions before the court next month in response to the completed police hand-out brief or investigation files that were served to them following their re-arrest in March.

The soldiers’ case was struck out on March 16 at the Committal Court after investigators failed to produce completed investigation files in time before the court.

Soldiers in Yinu case to appear in court tomorrow

Currently held at the Military Police holding cell at Murray Barracks, the six are expected back in court before Magistrate John Kaumi for mention at the Bomana Court house. 

They are Jude Nidung (24) from Finschhafen in Morobe, David Travolta (23) from Nuknuk village in Huon Gulf, Morobe Province, Gregory Tuaki (28) of Dinam village, Bogia district in Madang, Alwin Matiabe (26) from Guala village, Koroba district in Hela Province, Tobias Samson (26) from Singing village, Baiyer district, Western Highlands Province and Kenneth Yangun (25) of Mendi in Southern Highlands Province.

Yinu case is struck out, not dismissed

This was clarified to Loop by police prosecution.

The case against soldiers Jude Nidung, Kenneth Yangun, David Travolta, Gregory Tuaki, Alwin Matiabe and Tobias Samson was struck out in court yesterday after an investigating officer from the Police Criminal Investigation Department failed to produce his completed investigation files in time before the court.