PNG police minister Kramer claims plot to arrest him


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By RNZ Pacific

Papua New Guinea’s police minister claims there is a plot involving the former prime minister to have him arrested.

Police Minister Bryan Kramer said high ranking police officers were plotting his arrest after a complaint by the former Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, Kramer said he had received intelligence reports detailing the plot, although he has not released them.

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Kramer said they included a complaint filed by a journalist who he claimed to have exposed accepting payments from an MP.

The police minister said he would not be going into hiding and would make himself available for police interviews.

“Since taking office, I have declined police close protection, police escort or even a designated driver,” he said.

“I regularly get asked about the risks that come with what I do. My response has always been and will continue to be I have no question of doubt I will eventually get killed for what I do.

“It goes without saying when you get in the way of those stealing billions in public funds, they will do whatever it takes to get rid of you.”

Kramer last week replaced police commissioner Gary Baki and his two deputies, prompting Baki to apply through the courts for a restraining order against the move.

  • This article is published under the Pacific Media Centre’s content partnership with Radio New Zealand.
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