8 Feb 2006

Solomon's police name Fiji absconder

11:14 am on 8 February 2006

Solomon islands police have released details of a former Fiji soldier who escaped immigration detention on Monday night.

The Fiji man was part of a group of 12 former soldiers intent on illegally getting into neighbouring Bougainville.

"But 11 were deported from Honiara yesterday (tues ) after being charged with breaching Solomon Islands immigration laws."

Police are calling on the Honiara public to assist the search for the absconder, who has been named as 31 year old Kinivuai Vakatawanavatu Sulua.

The Government comunication's advisor, Johnson Honimae, says after Mr Sulua's escape the caretaker Prime Minister, Sir Allen Kemakeza, summoned immigration officials and police for an explanation.

He was certainly not very happy, but my understanding is that they were basically kept under what is called immigration detention and not in police custody. My understanding is that they were kept in a house beside the international airport and they were in the process of moving them to another one when this other fellow took off.