Give us our 284 APEC summit cars again, Papua New Guinea police plead
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Papua New Guinea police are looking for the go back of just about 300 imported cars loaned to officers for using international leaders round its capital all the way through remaining yr’s Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation assembly, a commander mentioned on Tuesday.
The acquire of the fleet – together with 40 slick Maserati Quattroporte sedans – sparked public protest in a rustic beset via poverty, and potholes, and the federal government had promised to public sale the cars after the November summit.
“There are 284 vehicles … that were issued to personnel to use during APEC that haven’t been returned as yet,” mentioned Superintendent Dennis Corcoran, who heads the State Asset Recovery Unit.
The automobiles come with Landcruisers, Fords, Mazdas and Pajeros, he mentioned, however now not the luxurious marques, which were tracked down and recovered.
“All 40 of the Maseratis and the three Bentleys are in top condition and locked away in the old wharf shed down on the main wharf,” Corcoran mentioned in a telephone name from Port Moresby.
He mentioned police knew that 9 cars have been stolen, that portions had long gone lacking and that one of the most returned cars have been “pretty seriously damaged”.
The South Pacific archipelago country of seven.three million other folks pulled out all of the stops on the APEC summit, hoping it will put the rustic at the international map and trap funding. Aid cash poured in from China and Australia to arrange for the development.
But it used to be the pictures of the Maseratis being unloaded on the airport, whilst the federal government grappled with a polio outbreak that proved a lightning rod for public anger.
Police consider six of the 9 stolen cars are nonetheless round Port Moresby, whilst 3 have discovered their strategy to Mount Hagen, prime in nation’s rugged highlands. Corcoran used to be assured of discovering them as a result of he has a grasp record appearing who signed them out.
“Basically, I know where all 284 vehicles that I’ve got to collect are,” he mentioned.
Reporting via Tom Westbrook