30 Oct 2008

Australian man arrested in Solomons to be extradited to Australia

11:40 am on 30 October 2008

An Australian-Muslim man arrested on arrival in the Solomon Islands for a murder in Australia more than four years ago has been remanded for 14 days by the Magistrates Court to await his extradition to Australia.

Bassam Tiba is wanted for questioning in relation to a 2004 murder in the Australian state of Victoria.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands Muslim League has clarified its association with Basam Tiba.

In a statement the league said Tiba was not a member of the association but had been seeking donations overseas on behalf of Solomon Islands Muslims.

A spokesman for the association said Tiba been collecting donations for the building of a mosque in Honiara and Malaita.

He was traveling to Honiara to inspect the progress of the works when he was arrested on a four year old murder charge in Australia.

The Solomon Islands Muslim League says it supports the law and Tiba should face the courts over any criminal act he may have committed.