Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Police probing New Zealand envoy's hold-up

National Capital District police are working to arrest the suspects who robbed New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG Niels Holm last Friday, The National reports.
NCD superintendent of operations Chief Insp Andy Bawa last night said the suspects, two of whose identities were known to the police, were still at large.
Police personnel were deployed to the settlements near the Golf Club, including Morata, on Monday to meet with the community leaders and urge them to surrender the suspects promptly.
“I call on the community leaders living around the Golf Club area to fully cooperate with police to ensure all suspects are handed over to police.
“I will not tolerate such things done to diplomats working in the country,” Chief Insp Bawa said.
The community leaders assured police that the suspects would be handed over since their identities were known to them.
According to initial reports, eight men ran out from behind the utilities shed and robbed Mr Holm and three of his golfing partners.
Mr Holm is the second New Zealand High Commissioner to be held up on the golf course in recent years.
The NZ High Commission, when contacted yesterday, said it had not yet seen the police report.
In an email, the High Commission noted that it was grateful for the prompt response of the police immediately after the incident, and would now wait for the law to take its course.


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