POLICE have not interviewed two Chinese nationals who were charged with attempted murder of businessman Jason Tan due to language barriers, a police source revealed.
The source said an interpreter was unavailable and the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby was “unwilling” to assist in the case.
Michael Wilson, a senior lawyer from Warner Shand Lawyers who is representing Changjiang Gao and Xue Zhufu, had engaged a Chinese citizen to act as an interpreter to assist him when compiling the case.
However, during their first court appearance, police said the use of a single interpreter was not “advisable” as it could compromise police work in compiling a report.
Mr Wilson informed the court he would engage another interpreter for the purposes of filing the case.
Appearing for mention, their case was adjourned to March 15 due to the non-availability of magistrates as they were in a magisterial meeting.
Meanwhile, recaptured Bomana escapee Peter Plesman was to appear last Friday at the Waigani Committal courts on the charge of escaping from lawful custody.
His case has been adjourned to March 19.