11 Sep 2008

Solomons politician critical of arrest of murder suspect's parents

7:58 pm on 11 September 2008

The Premier of Guadalcanal province in Solomon Islands, Stephen Panga, says the arrest of an elderly Weathercoast couple on Sunday was uncalled for.

The couple are the parents of a man who allegedly led the attack last week on a New Zealand Police Officer serving with the Regional Assistance Mission.

The man has been sought in connection with a murder nine years ago.

The Solomon Star reports Mr Panga says he is disappointed police would turn to the parents of a suspect instead of pursuing the suspect himself.

He says people will see this as failure by the police.

Mr Panga says he acknowledges the arrest signalled a warning that harbouring a criminal is a crime, but the police must understand the roles parents play in a family.