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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 28) – A member of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Martin Fini, has been charged with a number of serious offences, including arson and intimidation.

Constable Martin Fini, who was suspended from active duty a year ago, was arrested in Honiara on Thursday night. He appeared in the Honiara Magistrates Court last Friday charged with two counts of arson, three counts of intimidation, one count of demanding property with menace and one count of willful and unlawful damage or destruction.

The court heard that on the morning of December 23, 2001, Mr Fini allegedly removed a police vehicle without permission from the Auki Police Station in Malaita and later damaged another police vehicle.

It was also alleged that on March 5, 2002, Mr Fini and two other men fired shots from the street, hitting the Foodland Restaurant in Auki.

Police alleged that a number of bystanders were threatened at this time.

Mr Fini and two other men are further accused of setting fire to the restaurant and an adjoining leaf house, before leaving the area.

The Acting PPF Commander, Paul Jevtovic, praised the investigative skills and fast work of the officers who carried out the arrest.

Mr Fini was remanded in custody until March 11.

March 1, 2005

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