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A PAPUA New Guinean businessman who is alleged to have raped a child is claiming that Australian Federal Police (AFP) cannot carry out investigations in this country.
Jeffery Kennedy, a former University of PNG chancellor who owns businesses in Port Moresby was arrested and charged at the Brisbane Airport in Australia last Oct 13 by the AFP.
Kennedy was charged with one count each of rape and indecent treatment of children under the age of 16.
He was later released on bail and had denied all allegations levelled against him.
He filed an urgent application at the Waigani National Court seeking interim injunction orders to stop the AFP personnel from investigating and collecting evidence to be used against him at the Australian court.
Kennedy filed the case against defendants comprising of owner of Rapid Response (RR) Alexis Tam Samuel Alaster, Marilyn Espolong, Adam Chin Cheah, the liaison officer of AFP in PNG, Julian Peter Bianco, commissioner of AFP Reece Kershaw and commissioner of Queensland police, Katarina Carrol.
Tam has a defamatory case in Waigani committal court for allegedly recording and disseminating a voice-recorded conversation between Cheah and complainant Kennedy without consent in Port Moresby.
Tam is the god father of Cheah, who is charged with sexual penetration of a girl in a hotel in Port Moresby last year and matter is also before the committal court.
Espolong also has a case in the committal court for allegedly releasing her son Cheah while in custody for sexual penetration of a minor.
According to Kennedy’s lawyer McRonald Nale of Jema Lawyers, he was trying to stop the AFP in PNG from receiving and acting on the complaint or information, including defamatory materials.


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