Police charge men for harbouring suspects

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The National, Wednesday October 16th, 2013


POLICE in Morobe have charged three men for harbouring suspects involved in the Black Cat Track killings on Sept 10.

The three men allegedly harboured three men who were part of the group of nine who killed two porters and injured others on the Black Cat Track. 

A third porter died while receiving treatment at the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae.

Morobe provincial police commander Leo Lamei yesterday said two juveniles were not charged because they would be used as state witnesses against the three men.

The men were airlifted from Wapali village to Lae via helicopter on Monday. 

“They were each charged with one count of aiding an escapee, namely Gioni Kaweng,” Supt Lamei said.

The escapee and his brother from Bitoi village in the Wau Rural LLG were allegedly part of the group that  attacked the porters and tourists.

“They (suspects) were hiding in Wapali village in the middle of the Black Cat Track when policemen raided the village after receiving reports that they were hiding there,” Lamei said.

“Unfortunately, they escaped before police arrived and only the people who harboured them were arrested.”

Lamei said seven policemen and six villagers from Biawen and Kaisnik villages in Wau searched for the suspects for 10 days before cornering them at Wapali. 

But they managed to flee into the jungle.

“I am not happy with villagers who are harbouring these criminals,” Lamei said.

“They should be helping us capture the suspects.

“I appeal to the three remaining suspects to surrender to police.

“If they are afraid to come directly to police, they can surrender to a church pastor, community leader or LLG councilor. 

“I promise them that their safety is guaranteed.”