Tuesday, October 20, 2015

PNGs ex-top cop Geoffery Vaki arrested on court warrant and it police custody

By Sally Pokiton
PNGBLOG (20.10.2015)

Former Papua New Guinea police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki was arrested this morning and is being detained at the Boroko police station. It was reported by Bryan Krama on PNG News page on Facebook he will be overnight in Boroko 
Cells after his lawyers failed to secure his release. 

His arrest comes after a bench warrant was issued by the National Court for him failing to attend and appear at the National Court.

Vaki was charged with perverting the course of justice however that case was dismissed at the Committal Court for lack of evidence.

An ex-officio case later proceeded against Vaki after the Public Prosecutor elected the case to progress at the National Court before the Criminal Court.

PNG Loop confirmed with the Director of National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate Matthew Damaru that Mr Vaki was arrested this morning following the issuing of a bench warrant.

He is facing allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice and abuse of official powers or his powers as Police Commissioner then. These charges emanate from his refusal to execute a warrant of arrest against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last year.

He is being held in custody and is expected to appear before a National Court judge. On July 3 this year, the former police commissioner was sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

He found Vaki guilty of two counts of contempt, the primary one being obstructing the course of justice by not executing a 2014 warrant of arrest obtained from the courts against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over allegations of corruption.

Bryan Kramer from PNG NEWs page on Facebook reported today that former Commissioner of Police overnights in Boroko Cells after his lawyers failed to secure his release. His lawyers moved a late bail application this evening but no Judges were available to hear it. 

He will return to Court tomorrow in the hopes he will be granted bail after National Court issued an order for his immediate arrest and detention after he failed to appear at his Court hearing to face charges of perverting the course of justice.
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