8 Feb 2007

Solomons govt allocates funding for inquiry into Honiara riots

8:58 am on 8 February 2007

The Solomon Islands government has allocated nearly 300-thousand US dollars towards an inquiry into the April riots in Honiara last year.

Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo revealed this while presenting the 2007 national budget in parliament.

He says the inquiry into the April riots is part of the government's support for its justice and law enforcement programme.

The government formed a 3-member Public Inquiry Commission last year to probe into the riots but never got off the ground because its chairman, retired Australian judge, Marcus Einfield, withdrew because of legal problems back home.

Another Commissioner had to resign because of conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, two Papua New Guineans - retired judge Arnold Amet and former Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Noel Levi - have expressed interest in becoming commissioners.

The inquiry should start at the end of February and will be expected to finish by the end of the year.