21 Sep 2002

Solomons MP says more disclosures likely after former militant links police to coup,

9:33 am on 21 September 2002

An Opposition MP in Solomon Islands says there needs to be a commission of inquiry into allegations of police involvement in the lead up to the coup two years ago.

Jimmy Rasta, a former commander of the rebel militant group, the Malaitan Eagle Force, says the country's current Deputy Commissioner, Wilfred Akao, provided the MEF with two guns.

And he says Joseph Baetolingia, who is the current Director of the Police Field Force, drew up the plan for a raid on the Auki armoury.

Mr Akao has called the accusations totally false, but Opposition MP Alfred Sasako says the revelations are just the tip of the iceberg.

He says Mr Rasta should be encouraged to speak out further and those accused by him should be suspended.

"They should be stood aside and an investigation held perhaps. The contingent of New Zealand police that are here now should head this internal investigation so that it would have some credibility and independence from the main police body."