PNG Police officer charged with bribery, man offers $100,000

The Papua New Guinea Policeman, who was earlier offered a K10,000(US$3,074) bribe, has been offered another bribe – this time K100,000 (US$30,751) in cash, ten times more than the previous amount.

PORT MORESBY – The Papua New Guinea Policeman, who was earlier offered a K10,000(US$3,074) bribe, has been offered another bribe – this time K100,000 (US$30,751) in cash, ten times more than the previous amount.

Officer in charge of minor crimes at Gordon police station Senior Sergeant Apollos Terry was offered the money last Sunday at Morata and told quietly to accept the money and drop all charges against the accused, who had allegedly offered him K10,000.

Senior Sgt Terry restrained the Central Province man and told him to call the person who had given him the money and arrange for a meeting. The person (named) turned up and was in the company of another man.

Early this month a Chinese national, Zhiyuan Cui, also known as Aaron, of Shandon Province, was arrested and charged when he tried to bribe Senior Sgt Terry with K10,000 in cash. Aaron is the managing director of A&D Consultancy Limited, a PNG-registered passport and visa agency.

Senior Sgt Terry used the police officer to contact those who had planned the K100,000 cash offer and caught two more expatriates along with Cui in a motor vehicle at a hotel car park.

The cash was offered by a police officer serving with the Waigani police station who has now been charged with one count of stealing under false pretence and one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Senior Sgt Terry is currently heading an investigation into a suspected human trafficking, uttering of government documents and other related transnational crimes including a suspected visa and passport racketeering.

He said that the police officer, from Central Province, had given the K100,000, all in K100 notes.

During the interview Monday afternoon, the expatriates claimed that two police detectives, who were known, had asked for K50,000 (U$15,379) in cash from them to assist in stopping the case.

“When we caught the policeman he denied the allegation and when we searched him we found K650 in his pockets, he was locked up at the Boroko police cells and when we visited his residence at Bagita police barracks and found K6000 in cash.”

Investigations are continuing and another officer expected to be arrested soon.