SOLOMONS POLICE SEEK MILITARY HELP WITH KEKE

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 23) - The chief of
police in Solomon Islands said only military intervention can rein in a
Guadalcanal outlaw accused of murdering dozens of people and torching villages.

Police Commissioner William Morrell, a British police officer
who has previously worked in Kosovo, said local police are not up to tackling
the Harold Keke, who rules part of the remote Weathercoast on Guadalcanal.

Morrell said he had heard reports that up to 80 homes had been
torched and about 500 people made homeless in recent days.

This month, the Solomons asked Australia and New Zealand for
military help to restore order and stop the ethnic violence that has plagued the
island nation for years.

June 24, 2003

ABC News Online: http://abc.net.au/news/ 

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