A police landcruiser patrols the streets of the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby. Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins
Guinea's amended Criminal Code Act will give police the power to deal with what
they are calling 'domestic terrorists’, RNZ
The impetus for the new legislation has
been the rash of kidnappings carried out in a remote part of
the Southern Highlands.
In Bosavi, gangs of youths have captured at
least three groups, held them for ransom.
And 17 teenage
girls were allegedly raped them.
PNG Police Commissioner, David Manning,
said the kidnappings and ransom demands constitute domestic terrorism.
"The amendments establish clear legal
process for the escalated use of up to (sic) lethal force, powers of search and
seizure, and detention, for acts of domestic terrorism," he said.
"It is high time that we call these
criminals domestic terrorists, because that is what they are, and we need harsher
measures to bring them to justice one way or another."
In a statement
he went on to say domestic terrorism includes the "deliberate use of
violence against people and communities to murder, injure and intimidate,
including kidnapping and ransoms, and the destruction of properties".
"An accurate definition of domestic
terrorism also includes hate crimes, including tribal fights and
Chairman of Transparency International in
PNG, Peter Aitsi, said he doubts it will be effective.