29 Oct 2008

Solomons PM cleared on drink-driving charge

11:16 am on 29 October 2008

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua has been found not guilty of a drink-driving charge.

Honiara magistrate William Seneka acquitted Mr Sikua, saying there was insufficient evidence and local police failed to press charges immediately after the alleged offence.

Solomons police charged Mr Sikua 10 months after he was pulled over in January 2006 during an election campaign.

Under Solomons law the charge meant Mr Sikua had to stop short his election campaign

Last week, Mr Sikua admitted to the court he swore at the police when they stopped him.

He said he did so out of frustration after police failed to investigate claims a man had earlier threatened to shoot him.