Cop attack victims to take petition to PM

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013

 A PETITION will be presented to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill by a church leader and members of a community in Port Moresby raising their concern on police brutality.

Lutheran Church president of the Papua region Qogi Zonggoreng called a media  conference yesterday to condemn the way a group of police officers in Port Moresby attacked 74 men returning home from peace mediation ceremony on May 25.

The men, led by Ockom Geso, claimed that they were treated as if they were prison escapees with their ankles slashed, hit by bush knives and sticks. They said their mobile phones, money and bank cards were also taken by police.

Two police officers have been charged over the incident and more are expected to be arrested soon.

Zonggoreng and the families of the men have drafted the petition raising their grievances and complaints against the police.

The men are recovering at their homes in 6-Mile.