Highlanders Implicated in Serious Crimes and Official Corruption in PNG Remain Untouchable

ARE HIGHLANDERS IMMUNE TO THE LAW AND PROSECUTION OR ARE THEY JUST MORE LAW ABIDING THAN COASTAL FOLKS?

By Tamara Terano

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Following the re-arrest of MP Douglas Tomiriesa and his wife Rachel this week am i alone in noticing the trend where coastal MPs and prominent people are very easily apprehended and prosecuted while Highlanders implicated in serious crimes including official corruption remain untouchable?

In recent times we have witnessed the successful prosecution and/or imprisonment of Paul Teinsten, Wartovo, Governor Ati Wobiro, Dr Gumoi, Dr Theo Yasause and Former Governor Yali to name a few. And what do they have in common ? Yes, they are all from the coast.

Meanwhile, a long list of Highlanders with very serious allegations against them roam around freely and have not even been interrogated by the Police. They include Oneill, Lupari, Duma, Pok, Mano, Potape, Powi, Wingti etc.

Lupari in particular has been found guilty of quadruple dipping by the Finance Inquiry and referred to police for prosecution but still remains a free man and continues to get involved in more controversies.

Dr Yasause from East Sepik has been jailed for killing a New Ireland man and has been jailed about 10 years ago and is still in jail.

However, highlands business man Justin Parker was also found guilty of killing a New Ireland man and served less than 2 years in jail and is now a free man.

Felix Kange a lawyer from Pangia SHP recently murdered his child’s mother, an accountant of Central and Milne Bay origin and got away with it. He did not even appear in court to be tried.

Former NAC MD Richard Yopo this week also had his case thrown out because of police incompetence.

All these instances are suggesting to me that Highlanders able to manipulate and corrupt the police, the courts and judiciary and the correctional services and avoid prison while the weaker coastal people are becoming easy prey for law enforcement institutions. I hope I am wrong.

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