Severe penalty in store if APEC security is threatened
9 October, 2018, 2:36 pm
PORT MORESBY, 09 OCTOBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – The “sunset clause” of the APEC Security Act will come into force on November 9 and lasts until November 19, the end of the APEC Leaders’ Summit.
This law allows for international security personnel to bring in arms and use any force necessary to protect their respective leaders from any harm.
“This means any force necessary, meaning if you want to do something ridiculous or stupid security personal will retaliate if necessary.”
Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko warned Monday.
“If a leader is threatened by someone trying to attack they can be shot.
“You pull out a gun on a leader, it’s a straight forward situation.
“They (international security personnel) have a right to protect their leader.
“And they will use whatever force they have to do so.
“Anybody who wants to think about or even consider doing a terrorist act, harm or anything of criminal nature or anything stupid they will be dealt with not only under our governing laws but under the new Security Act for APEC for these 10 days in the lead up to the APEC Leaders’ Summit and during the meeting.
“The APEC Security Act is valid for 10 days.
“This allows foreign protection security to use force if anybody tries to threaten their leaders.
“Anyone thinking otherwise I would advise against it.”
The APEC Security Act, passed by Parliament in April, addressed the following concerns:
*The application of other laws to foreign safety and security personnel;
*Pre-authorisation which would allow for foreign safety and security personnel to deal with a imminent threat;
*Privileges and immunities for foreign safety and security personnel in carrying out lawful orders;
*Command and control of foreign safety and security personnel and their assets; and
*The ability of authorised members of foreign force including lethal force.