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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Internal Theft: The Major Source of Illicit Guns: Thefts from prisons.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands; Special Report No. 5, pp. 57-58. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July
In 1989, at the start of the nine-year war on Bougainville, the PNGCS lost around 100 firearms when its provincial prison was over-run. In 2003, several correctional officers were charged with lending prison guns to criminals to commit offences. Said Correctional Services Minister Peter Oresi: 'In most cases it is officers in responsible positions such as commanding officers, armourers or security officers who abuse their positions to obtain [this] deadly equipment' (Post-Courier, 2003g). PNGCS Commissioner Sikani recalls: 'I charged about four officers and dismissed them. Twelve arms were lost, but we recovered eight.'