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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Prime Minister: Landing of plane in Port Moresby under probe
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said today an
investigation is underway into the alleged unauthorised landing of a charted
plane at the Jackson Airport in Port Moresby last Friday.
This plane is allegedly a chartered jet
with certain foreign nationals on board en route to a country in the region.
“The landing of this aircraft in the
country is now the subject of an investigation," O'Neill said.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill
" Its crew and certain
individuals on board are being questioned by relevant government agencies as
part of this investigation.
“The arrival of this plane has been the
subject of intense scrutiny by the media and speculations and allegations in
the last two days.
“These speculations are baseless and false.
"From information made available to me to date, there is no evidence of improper
conduct or dealing by any minister in my cabinet.
“The investigation by police, immigrations and customs (IRC) is still ongoing and once it is concluded, the full facts will be
announced to the public.
“These organisations will announce their
findings and determine what to do with the plane, its crew and the individuals
that were on board.”
O'Neill will not condone alleged
international criminal fugitives arriving on PNG soil illegally.
today categorically rejected as "evidently false" a local
newspaper front page story and viral social media allegations linking his
government to alleged fugitives arriving in a Boeing 737 jetliner which made an
unexpected illegal landing at Jackson's Airport on Friday evening.
"To link that aircraft's unexpected illegal landing, its passengers and
cargo to anyone including my ministers and myself is utterly and absolutely
false," the Prime Minister said.
"These allegations which obviously
are speculative and designed to smear our government are not supported by
evidence and therefore are not true, period!"
O'Neill said the
incident was being investigated by police, customs, civil aviation and immigration
"The government's appropriate law enforcement agencies are
handling this matter," he said.
"I have received no report of the investigation yet.
"I have been made aware of the incident.
"Whether the passengers
are internationally wanted persons for alleged crimes will be made known
after the investigations.
"Similarly, we will know what type of cargo is
aboard that aircraft after the probe.
"I appeal to Papua New Guinean
social media commentators and mainstream media workers and organisations to be
responsible and truthful when commenting or writing about national issues."