SOLOMON ISLANDS DEPUTY PM HAOMAE'S HOME ATTACKED IN NEW HONIARA TENSION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (November 11, 2001 -Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Armed men have fired at and ransacked the home of Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister William Haomae amidst growing tension in the capital, Honiara.

Police Commissioner Morton Sireheti said Mr. Haomae's son was assaulted by the armed men during the incident in central Honiara.

Mr. Haomae, who is also Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, had disclosed that millions of dollars compensation for lost and damaged property was paid to some former Malaita Eagle Force militia.

This led to protests by other people who lost their homes and property during the two years of ethnic conflict involving Guadalcanal and Malaita militants, but so far have received no compensation.

Commissioner Morton Sireheti also confirmed that on Friday a group of armed men surrounded a protest rally at Townground, Honiara, and fired shots.

They intimidated and dispersed the crowd, which included women and children.

Mr. Sireheti added that the group of men then seriously assaulted one of the speakers, who required hospital treatment.

Later in the day, a car owned by one of the protesters was burned, he said.

The Police Commissioner said the police force is working to ensure that law is maintained.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the former Malaita Eagle Force, Andrew Nori, has called for closer cooperation among citizens to ensure a free and democratic election general election on December 5.

He said those involved in what's happening around the capital owe their people a democratic election. Positive and good deeds would signal to their people that they are doing something to repair the country's democratic institutions, he said.

Mr. Nori said holding an election for a new Parliament is a critical factor in efforts to place the country on the road to economic recovery and reconstruction.

He said it is important to allow preparations for the elections to proceed undisturbed.

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS COURT CHALLENGE TO SOGAVARE GOVERNMENT FAILS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (November 10, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The High Court of the Solomon Islands has dismissed the case challenging the legality of the current government.

The case was brought by former Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, challenging his removal from office during last year's coup and the election of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

The court confirmed that presiding Judge Albert Palmer dismissed the case, but no further details were immediately available.

Meanwhile, the number of candidates nominated for the December 5 general elections has reached 324, the Electoral Commission announced.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org

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