31 Jan 2007

Australian man arrested and charged with plot to kill Solomons Prime Minister

10:37 am on 31 January 2007

An Australian man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged plot to kill Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Bill Johnson appeared in the Central Magistrates Court yesterday charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit felony.

The court heard that he conspired with four other people earlier this month to assassinate the Prime Minister.

The Prosecution alleged that between the 18th - 23rd January, Mr Johnson along with four others were drinking alcohol at the Honiara City Motel when they conspired to murder Mr Sogavare.

The prosecution successfully applied to have Mr Johnson remanded in custody while police investigations continue.

Mr Johnson who is married to a Malaitan woman will appear again in court on the 7th February.