Wewak police charged with rape: Kudos to O’Neill

By PNG Echo.

Wewak Police Commander, Sakawar Kasieng and three of his officers have been charged with the rape of a teenage girl that occurred during a police raid of a village at Dagua.

An arrest was effected in an early morning raid by  the Police Mobile Squad deployed from Port Moresby, according to PNG Edge. 

The four police officers, including Commander Kasieng, were up before the Wewak court for mention yesterday on charges of rape, unlawful wounding and arson.  The four are reported to be  at the Kreer Heights police station lock up and have been denied bail.

Background

A National disgrace
A National disgrace

What’s most shocking about the incident from which the charges arise, is the alleged enthusiastic involvement of the Wewak Police Commander Sakawar Kasieng

Commander Kasieng (remember that name)  not only led his men in the raid but also acted as a role model for their behaviour as he raped the young girl giving tacit approval for them to do so too.

Kasieng then (allegedly) compounded his felony by assaulting and intimidating a community leader (a woman) who dared to make a complaint to the Wewak police of the crime.

After the assault, he  locked her in the police cells while he deployed his men to look for her ‘accomplice’ with whom to do likewise.  The lady ‘accompice’ went into hiding, in fear of retribution for daring to complain about this shocking case of police brutality.

If there is any truth to the allegations, Police Commander Kasieng brings disgrace not only to the uniform he wears but to the whole of the nation of Papua New Guinea.

There is no place in a functioning state for law enforcers who do not obey the law.   One of the primary indicators of a ‘failed state’ is the state’s loss of control of their law enforcement agencies.

Kudos to Prime Minister and then Minister of Police, Peter O’Neill

Then Minister for Police
Then Minister for Police

In December of last year, PNG Echo became involved in a dialogue with the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, in his capacity as Minister of Police over these incidents

At this time, Prime Minister O’Neill, through his minion, conveyed that he would indeed “look into it,” –  a phrase that has become a source of ridicule and a metaphor for inaction associated with the O’Neill government and the Prime Minister himself.

However, Minister O’Neill was as good as his word and mobilized his forces in what PNG Edge has described as “… one of the biggest internal investigations… of police brutality in East Sepik province.”

Although Mr O’Neill took umbrage with the reference by this writer to PNG as “sliding into a state of anarchy” and being in jeopardy of becoming a “failed state” with his actions he has done more than give the denial of the concept lip service – he’s acted.

Credit where credit is due.

The three arms of government

Two arms of the PNG government have effectively done their jobs:

  • the legislature has effected laws that make this behaviour unlawful regardless of community standing of the alleged perpetrator
  • and the executive has mobilized its agencies to investigate.

All it now takes for PNG to score the trifecta needed to consider itself a true democracy is for the judiciary to perform its tasks effectively

There’s still much that can go wrong before this case is successfully prosecuted – but at least the alleged perpetrators have been brought to justice, which is an excellent start.

Let’s now hope that justice prevails – because so often in the past it hasn’t.

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9 thoughts on “Wewak police charged with rape: Kudos to O’Neill

  1. Can the same be done to other outstanding high profile corrupt cases in the country?? We the small people and true patriots of this nation are sick and tired of those few lunatics who seemed to map PNG to the world of such corruptions and crimes that taints PNGs beautiful image. S

  2. Salute PM for upholding our constitution and image in such manner. Can the same be done to other high profile corruption and criminal cases that are outstanding?

  3. Wewak Police Commander and rapist Sakawar Kasieng, should be sent to prison for life. This person has demonstrated he is far worse than animals and one of those very corrupt criminal serving in the Royal PNG Constabulary.
    Can the Police COmmissioner come out and address how this criminal was appointed as the Wewak Police Station Commander at the first place?

  4. Its good to hear PM has taken this bold stand in arresting the Officers in charge!…BUT I CALL ON PM TO HAVE PNG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY’S VICE CHANCELLOR DR ALBERT SCHRAM’S WORK VISA PROCESSED QUICKLY COZ CLASS HAS STARTED N THINGS ARE FALLING APART COZ WE R STILL WAITING FOR HIM….CONCERNED STUDENT, UNITECH. LAE

  5. At last,justice is being done and these policemen should be given a severe tougher penalty.

  6. Such a shame and a disgrace to the people of Wewak and the country as a whole for so called law enforcer to do an act of such should be sent to bomana for life. The moron should not be allowed to serve in the force any longer.

  7. Congrets to those officers involved in the investigation’bt can someone inform us of the up dates ;what is happening?