25 Oct 2006

Former Solomons PM Kemakeza set to face corruption charges

4:32 pm on 25 October 2006

A former Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, is expected to face corruption charges over claims he abused a compensation fund for victims of ethnic conflict in the country.

Sir Allan, who is the deputy speaker of parliament and an opposition member, is expected to be charged and face a Honiara court later today.

A police spokesman says Sir Allan agreed to go with police who went to his home early today and has spent the morning being questioned.

The news agency, AAP, says it's understood police are pursuing allegations that Sir Allan lodged an inflated compensation claim for damage to a resort he owned on Savo island in the late 1990s, when the country was gripped by ethnic violence.

Millions of dollars had been provided to the Solomons from Taiwan through aid projects to benefit those who had lost property as a result of the violence.