20 Mar 2013

Solomons' students warned after Fiji stabbing incident

8:13 pm on 20 March 2013

A senior Solomon Islands education official has told students that they will face harsh penalties if they fail to uphold and respect the laws of their host country.

The comments from the director of the National Training Unit, Selu Maezama, came after reports that two Solomons' students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji had been charged over a stabbing incident.

One of the students has now been cleared of the allegations.

Mr Maezama says they have no information on any charges being laid against the other student, but are liaising with authorities to ensure legal representation is provided.

He says all the ministry has learned is that two students were involved in a scuffle in which a weapon was used, resulting in one of them being charged.

But Mr Maezama says it should serve as an example to other Solomon Islands Government sponsored students studying overseas.