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Ferry disaster inquiry to investigate criminal acts

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sean Dorney

The inquiry into this month’s ferry sinking in Papua New Guinea is set to investigate whether any criminal act contributed to the disaster.

The terms of reference have now been released for the inquiry which will be headed by Australian Judge Warwick Andrew.

Justice Andrew has been asked to report into the causes of the disaster which occurred about 5:00am on February 2 when the Rabaul Queen with some 350 people on board capsized and sank nine nautical miles off the PNG coast, near Finchhafen.

Among the seven terms of reference are that Justice Andrew report on any evidence indicating whether any criminal act contributed to the disaster, and whether there is evidence of any civil responsibility.

He has also been asked to determine why so many died.

Hearings will be held in Port Moresby and four of the ports along the ferry’s route.

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