27 May 2010

Solomons TRC hears of militants' violence

5:52 pm on 27 May 2010

Victims of the ethnic tensions in Solomon Islands have told the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that militants sometimes perpetuated violence on their own people during the ethnic tensions.

The Commission is holding its first regional hearing this week in the province of Malaita, following its first national hearing in Honiara in March.

The commission's chair, Father Sam Ata, say Malaitans who have appeared before the hearing have told how people were killed and attacked as they were forcibly removed from land they had bought in Guadalcanal province.

But he says Guadalcanal militants were not the only perpetrators

"Some of this violence and criminal acts was not only done by the Guadalcanal GRA and militants. The victims who came before the hearing disclosed that some of the perpetrators were also Malaitans."

Father Ata says the national hearing in Honiara heard that the GRA had also inflicted a lot of damage on the ordinary citizens in Guadalcanal.