9 Sep 2011

Solomon Islands police commissioner defends arresting former militant

8:59 am on 9 September 2011

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Walter Kola, has defended his decision to order the arrest of a former militant who had appeared before a Truth and Reconciliation hearing in the Western Province.

Commissioner Walter Kola says the person involved was declared dead but only resurfaced during the Commission hearings.

He says the person was wanted for crimes involving Harold Keke, the Guadalcanal warlord who is now serving 3 life sentences.

Walter Kola says the person must appear before the courts of Solomon Islands and let the courts decide whether he is truly dead or not.

Commissioner Kola has come out publicly in response to statements by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission not being happy about the arrest.