By DEMAS TIEN
TWELVE soldiers convicted of mutiny for disobeying orders from their superior have appologised to the PNG Defence Force and their families for their actions.
The soldiers disobeyed orders between August and December last year to withdraw from Komo in Hela where they had been serving to return to Port Moresby.
They told a court martial in Port Moresby last Friday that the operation in Komo was the worst they had experienced during their service with the force.
Major Edimani Benjamin, Warrant Officer Ludwig Miugle, Sergeant Amos Kaupa, Sergeant Mairi Mairi, Corporal Henry Worihu, Warrant Officer Melerot Robin, Warrant Officer Scotty Kaule, Sergeant Alex Agiru, Sergeant Joel Yapanga, Sergeant Urban Guria and Corporal Walter Waimi had served in the force for at least 20 years and Private Philip Kiak for six years.
They asked the court for leniency and asked that the court impose a suspended sentence as their penalty because they were first time offenders.
Their lawyer Captain Wesley Dickson submitted that the circumstances surrounding the charge of mutiny against them were not serious.
Dickson said there was no violence and weapons used in the mutiny.
He said the soldiers disobeyed the orders for extraction because the PNGDF administration had failed to provide allowances and food for them while they were in Komo.
By DEMAS TIEN