Suspects yet to be charged
Port Moresby - The four men allegedly involved in an attempt to smuggle more than 500 kg of cocaine to Australia are yet to be charged, the Post Courier (6 August, 2020) reports.
According to the Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Operations, Donald Yamasombi, they wanted to be sure of the charges before taking action. He said there were other avenues of the inquiry that are opening up and they wanted the exhaust these before laying charges.
Yamasombi also added that the men were assisting police with their investigations.
Meanwhile, journalist Simon Eroro has come out on social media implicating rogue policemen trying to tamper with evidence. He posted that a Hevilift helicopter was seen at the crime scene a day after the crash trying to airlift the wreckage of the Cessna 402C twin engine.
Eroro said other policemen arrived before any evidence could be taken away and stopped the helicopter from airlifting the crashed plane.
The recent cocaine haul is the largest ever in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and was done in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police (AFP).