1 May 2012

Solomons PM orders deportation of Asian man

1:25 pm on 1 May 2012

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, insists that an Asian businessman Zhang Tongzhi be deported.

The Solomon Star reports the government as saying while it respects the court process it will not back down on its decision to deport Mr Zhang.

Mr Zhang was caught illegally trying to export beche-de-mer and has been alleged to have circumvented the law in a seaweed export venture.

Last year, the Solomon Islands Chinese Association called on the government to investigate and take disciplinary action against Mr Zhang.