SOLOMONS HIRES CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 14) – A New Zealander
involved in a controversy last year which sparked the resignation of Solomon
Islands Police Commissioner Morton Sireheti has been hired to head a National
Security Unit.

Government sources say Mark Emery has been appointed National
Security Advisor and will run an organization aimed at countering terrorist
threats in the Solomons.

Last year, Sireheti accused Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza of
pressuring him into hiring Emery as a special police constable.

Sireheti resigned in protest a month before his contract was due
to expire.

Emery had been the security advisor for the Australian owned
Gold Ridge Mine which closed during the ethnic crisis on Guadalcanal in 2000.

April 15, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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