22 Mar 2005

School teacher arrested in Solomons over missing millions in compensation funds

9:30 pm on 22 March 2005

The Royal Solomon Islands Police and the Participating Police Force have charged a school teacher, Jackson Una, over missing compensation funds that were to have been paid to the people of Malaita.

Mr. Una, from Auki on Malaita, has been charged with one count of demanding money with menace in October 2000, and one count of receiving over 650-thousand US dollars that were the proceeds of a crime.

It brings to 12 the number of men charged by the Corruption Targeting Team in connection with the disappearance of the money which was part of a payment from the National Government to the Province of Malaita.

The funds, which have never been recovered, were intended as compensation to the community for grievances arising from the tensions.

Jackson Una and four others facing similar charges - Honiara lawyers Andrew Nori and Leslie Kwaiga, suspended police inspector Leslie Ofu and Honiara businessman Jeremy Rua - are due to appear in court on Thursday.