By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
TWO policemen have been detained in Port Moresby after they were found in a house with a robbery suspect in what police believe to be part of a criminal syndicate involving police.
“The policemen were with the suspect who was injured during a shootout with other police officers after robbing a shop at Moreguina in Abau, Central, last Saturday,” National Capital District Met Supt Perou N’dranou said.
“We impounded a vehicle allegedly used to transport cocaine and confiscated two firearms while investigating the robbery at the shop.
“We now suspect that policemen were involved in robbing the shop at Moreguina.”
Supt N’dranou said they believed that they stumbled into a criminal syndicate that included policemen.
“Policemen from the policing the police team were tipped off about the whereabouts of the injured suspect and went to a house at Badili yesterday,” he said.
“When they arrived they saw two policemen at that house.
“We believe that they brought medicines to treat the injured suspect in that house.
“That suspect who sustained injuries during a shootout on Oct 10 with other police officers escaped and was hiding in the house and receiving medical treatment.
“That suspect was the one who had shot and injured three police officers in Abau during the shootout.
“We brought that suspect and the two policemen and detained them at the Gordon police station.
“We will be questioning the policemen for their presence with the suspect.
“One of the policemen was at large since June for allegedly involved in extortion.
“So he will be charged for extortion.”
Supt N’dranou said the suspect revealed details of two hidden firearms at Kupiano during interrogation. He said police went to Kupiano, confiscated the two guns and detained a suspect in possession of the firearms and took him to the Gordon police station.
Supt N’dranou said he would be charged with possession of firearms without licence.
Supt N’dranou said when investigating the robbery at Kupiano, police impounded a vehicle after been tipped off that it was used to transport cocaine.
“We cannot hide the fact that policemen are involved with criminals. We have already arrested and charged a policeman for allegedly discharging firearms at a senior police officer’s house at Gerehu police barracks on Sept 6.
By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK