Papua New Guinea: Police Commissioner reopens anti-corruption unit
09 May 2016

Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner has ordered the reopening of the country’s anti-corruption body, three weeks after he shut it down.

Deputy Commissioner Jim Andrews unchained the gates of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate and allowed officers back inside for the first time since April 18.

“Today is a very important event that we are able to resolve this and we are now back to normal,” he said.

The unit was closed just days after its officers arrested senior government figures and was seemingly preparing to arrest Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki said he closed the squad because of “administrative reasons” and “a lack of accountability”.

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