RELATIVES OF SOLOMON ISLANDER ALLEGEDLY STONED TO DEATH WANT VANUATU AND U.S.

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GOVERNMENTS TO PAY COMPENSATION

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (January 27, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The relatives of a Solomon Islander allegedly stoned to death in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, last month are demanding compensation of more than $Aus 16 million ($US 11 million).

Dennis Runikera's relatives want the Vanuatu government and the Vanuatu Council of Chiefs to pay some $Aus 10 million and the United States government more than $Aus 6 million.

They have informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that they want the compensation to be paid by the end of the month.

The relatives want the U.S. to pay compensation because Runikera was married to the Director of United States Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu.

Runikera allegedly was stoned to death after he accidentally drove his vehicle into a group of youths, injuring one of them.

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