14 Mar 2005

Former Solomon Islands police chief in court today on abduction and assault

10:47 am on 14 March 2005

A former Solomon Islands deputy police commissioner, Wilfred Akao, is go to trial today on charges of abduction, assault and occasioning bodily harm.

The charges relate to the alleged rape of a woman near the Honiara yacht club several years ago.

A former director of civil aviation in Solomon Islands, Michael Anita, has been charged with raping the woman, and will stand trial with Akao.

Both men were arrested more than a year ago by a team of investigators attached to the Regional Assistance Mission.

The trial was to start last Wednesday but was put back until today at the request of the defence.