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Intelligence reports have pointed to an alleged plot to arrest Papua New Guinea Police Minister Bryan Kramer.
Kramer said that certain high-ranking officers within the police force “are planning my arrest acting on a complaint by former prime minister Peter O’Neill” and a complaint filed by a journalist in Madang who, in June 2018, Kramer had “exposed for being paid public funds” by a former Member of Parliament.
Kramer released the information via his social media page, saying that there could be no question of doubt that if certain members of the police force wanted to bring charges against him, it was their constitutional right to do so provided they had sufficient grounds based on credible evidence.
“For the record, I won’t be going into hiding or running to court to seek restraining orders which has been the practice of some Members of Parliament in the past.
“The officers need only contact me requesting I make myself available for an interview and I will be happy to turn up to the nearest police station. It seems certain people in high places are deeply concerned following my recent appointment and recent retirement of the former commissioner Gari Baki, and perhaps they should be.”
Kramer said people who thought his arrest would silence him or dislodge him from his cause to fight for the welfare of 8 million people of PNG, “I didn’t seek elected office to be a career politician”.
“When Prime Minister James Marape contacted me to notify me of his decision to appoint me Minister for Police he explained the job will come with serious risks to my personal safety and I should take appropriate measures,” he said.
“My response was, God will decide when it is time for me to leave this earth and if it happens in my cause to fight corruption then so be it, and if he says it’s not time then it’s not time. I explained if I start focusing on my personal safety it would be like questioning my own faith.
“I regularly get asked about the risks that come with what I do, my response has always been and will continue to be I have no question of doubt I will eventually get killed for what I do. It goes without saying when you get in the way of those stealing billions in public funds, they will do whatever it takes to get rid of you, said Kramer.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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