SOLOMONS INQUIRY INTO DIPLOMAT’S DEATH SET TO GO AHEAD

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 4, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---The Solomon Islands High Court registrar, David Chetwynd, says the inquiry into a New Zealand diplomat’s death is set to go ahead with all relevant documents and witnesses now available.

Mr. Chetwynd says the inquiry into Bridget Nichols death, to begin on Thursday, June 13, will involve both medical and police professionals.

He says the participants in the inquiry will include Dr. Michael Taylor, the New Zealand scientist who undertook the forensic investigation of Ms. Nichols’ death, the medic who first arrived at the scene, as well as others.

There will be several Solomon Island police officers, including the detective superintendent, Nathaniel Mosesi, who lead the investigation from the Solomon Islands side and there will be the lead New Zealand detective, Detective Inspector Brian Pearce.

In addition, there will be other police and professional representatives.

Mr. Chetwynd says three days have been set aside for the inquiry.

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