SOLOMON ISLANDS SUSPECT IN NEW ZEALANDER KILLING SURRENDERS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 25, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online, 25 July 2002) - Police in Honiara say the man accused of killing New Zealander Kevin O’Brien has given himself up to his lawyer in Honiara.

[SEE: Honiara Killing Adds To Consultant Fears at http://166.122.164.43/archive/2002/February/02-14-14.htm

The Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Jackson Ofu, confirmed to SIBC News that the accused, John Buarafi, had arrived in Honiara last week.

Mr. Ofu said the public prosecutor is preparing charges against Buarafi. He is said to have confessed to his uncle, Police Minister Benjamin Una, that he stabbed O’Brien following a dispute at work.

Buarafi fled the capital for his home island of Malaita where he had at times been sheltered by his family and his brother, who is a police officer.

Mr. Ofu said that Buarafi gave himself up not to the police but to his lawyer, and is now in the custody of his relatives and lawyer.

Mr. Una told Radio New Zealand International that he paid the fare for Buarafi to travel to Honiara.

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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