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Assassination threat on Somare

Pcsomare Rumours are sweeping Port Moresby of an assassination plot against Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, and authorities are treating them seriously. Police Commissioner Gari Baki told a press conference that he had “reliable intelligence” which police were assessing. ‘What I am saying is I don’t want to rule that assassination plot out.” Security has been stepped up around Sir Michael and his residences.

Asked about the source of the threat, Mr Baki pointed to the organisers of a cancelled march on Parliament to call on the Prime Minister to step down over the Julian Moti affair. He said: “You can guess where it’s coming from because it alluded to the mass demonstrations and issues of mass strike”.

Mr Baki said reliable Police intelligence confirmed assassination threats on the Prime Minister and senior elected leaders of the National Parliament and that Police and Defence intelligence were conducting surveillance and taking precautionary measures to establish the threats and maintain law and order.

[Sources: ‘PNG National’ and ‘Post-Courier’]


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