note: West Papua Media is also following this story closely, but has unable to access its sources on the ground in Vanimo. We are gravely concerned as to their safety given the current climate of impunity against witnesses of the confused border security operation Sunset Merona..
RNZI may have better success, but this is not a competition.
Please continue to follow this story closely, updates will be made available when sources are able to safely file.
RNZI: PNG soldiers storm home of suspended West Sepik Police Commander
Posted at 05:06 on 07 February, 2011 UTC
Papua New Guinea soldiers allegedly stormed the home of West Sepik’s suspended provincial police commander Chief Inspector Sakawar Kasieng and threatened his family yesterday.
The newspaper, The National, reports that the ten soldiers were taking part in a border security crackdown called Operation Sunset Merona in and around the provincial capital Vanimo.
The operation has been underway for three weeks with more than 100 people arrested and detained for alleged illegal movement across the border from Indonesia.
Mr Kasieng says that the soldiers pointed guns at his family, ordering them all to stay indoors without any explanation.
He has been told by police from Port Moresby that he is charged with treason, and is due to be questioned at the police command centre in Vanimo today.
Mr Kasieng was reportedly suspended last month after refusing to allow policemen on Operation Sunset Merona entry into his local police station headquarters after one of his men was allegedly beaten up by a group of visiting task force officers.
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