23 Oct 2008

Solomons PM admits abusing policeman

2:48 pm on 23 October 2008

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has admitted in court he used abusive words against a police officer.

The Solomon Star reports the Prime Minister claimed he did so out of frustration after trying to tell the officer to hunt down a man who had threatened to shoot him if went on his election campaign.

Dr Sikua was giving evidence in the Magistrate Court in a case in which he was charged with one count of driving under the influence of liquor.

The charge was in relation to an incident in February 2006 after he resigned as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education to contest the national election.

Dr Sikua told the court he was not charged until November 2006 when he learned of his case.

Asked by prosecutor George Ofu whether during his arrest, he swore at officers and told them not to arrest a minister, Dr Sikua denied that.

The trial ends today when the prosecution and the defence will present their final submissions.