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Court Issues orders against PNG Police Minister Bryan Kramer

The National Court has issued new orders to ensure PNG Police Minister Bryan Kramer does not interfere with daily operational work of police.

The orders were issued by Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi on Thursday with the assistance of lawyers in the case between former prime minister and Ialibu Pangia MP Peter O'Neill and Mr Kramer.

The orders are aimed at ensuring there is a clearer demarcation between the Police Minister and Police Commissioner and fall in line with the 1982 Supreme Court's interpretation of the law on the powers of the police minister.

Further they are aimed at putting a stop to the continuing character assassinations on social media.

These new orders come a day after Justice Kandakasi declined the application by Mr O'Neill for an injunction stopping his arrest or attempted arrest.

Justice Kandakasi was however satisfied with evidence in court from police officers and a lawyer that there was political interference in the daily work of police prompting him to make the orders on Thursday.

He said the Police Minister should focus on how to improve terms and conditions of police personnel, housing, weeding corruption in the force and properly equipping police.

Justice Kandakasi said according to the Supreme Court reference of 1982, the law does not allow the Police Minister to be directly involved in the day to day work of police such as investigations, warrants of arrest, actual arrest, laying of charges and prosecution.

He also made an observation that there's been no word on progress into complaints laid by the Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and Mr O'Neill against Mr Kramer, saying the Police Commissioner needs to give equal attention to all complaints.

Meanwhile, a mediation between the parties will be held on 18 March.

The case will return to court on 9th April to see whether the matter has been resolved or will progress to trial.  FM 100 / PNG Today

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