Associated Press
In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, veteran leader Sir Michael Somare, second right, attends a press conference after claiming to have been reinstated as Papua New Guinea\'s prime minister in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Rebel soldiers seized the military\'s headquarters Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 and replaced Papua New Guinea\'s top defense official with their own leader, who gave Prime Minister Peter O\'Neill a week to step aside for his ousted predecessor. The self-proclaimed new leader of the country\'s defense forces, retired Col. Yaura Sasa, insisted he was not mounting a coup.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — A retired colonel who attempted to take over Papua New Guinea's military and ordered the prime minister to step down has been arrested.

Police spokesman Dominic Kakas said Yaura Sasa was arrested Saturday in a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital. He said Sunday that Sasa had yet to be charged with a crime.

Sasa led a small group of soldiers in a mutiny Thursday in which the military's top commander was briefly held under house arrest. The mutiny was part of a power struggle in which Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and former Prime Minister Michael Somare claim to be the rightful leader of the nation.

Sasa demanded O'Neill step down within a week to make way for Somare, who appointed Sasa defense chief after being removed from office.

Parliament replaced Somare with O'Neill in August while Somare was getting medical treatment outside the country. Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court sided with Somare last month, but O'Neill continues to have support from lawmakers.

Somare issued a statement today repeating his call to be reinstated, and calling on police and the military to join him.

— Associated Press