SOLOMONS SEEK TO EXTRADITE MUSINGKU TO PNG

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Radio Australia, Jan. 24) - Foreign affairs officials in Papua New Guinea say they are working with their Solomon Islands counterparts to extradite Noah Musingku.

Musingku, who is in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, without proper travel documents, offered the Solomons government a $US350 million grant under the Royal Assembly of Kingdom and Nations.

PNG’s foreign affairs secretary, Evoa Lalatute, says Musingku is wanted for running the failed U-Vistract pyramid scheme in Port Moresby.

The high commissioner to Solomon Islands, Ponape Yuwa, says while the two countries do not have an extradition treaty, there are provisions under Commonwealth law.

However, Yuwa says the Solomons police must first apprehend Musingku on behalf of the PNG government.

January 24, 2003

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