PNG welcomes ruling

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s Attorney-General, Ano Pala has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court on the powers of the Commissioner of Police.

“This ruling on the interpretation of the Constitution in relation to the powers of the Police Commissioner is indeed significant and positive for administration of the police force,” he said in a statement.

“So often, the work and conduct of the police have been undermined.”

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the commissioner had authority to issue directions to other members of the police force regarding criminal investigations, including applying for arrest and search warrants, laying charges and presenting information.

Mr Pala welcomed the “ruling on the question of whether warrant of arrest issued by district courts are court orders. This again provides clarity on the judicial functions of the lower court system in the country.”

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