SOLOMONS DECLARE AUSSIE POLICE CHIEF ‘UNDESIREABLE’

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SYDNEY, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corp, Dec. 27) - The Solomon Islands Government has declared the country's Australian-born Police Commissioner, Shane Castles, an undesirable immigrant.

Mr. Castles has been at loggerheads with the Solomon Islands Government after he authorized a raid of the offices of the country's Prime Minister, Manessah Sogavare, in October.

The raid was related to the illegal return of suspended Solomon Islands attorney general Julian Moti, an Australian citizen who is wanted here on pedophilia charges.

Castles is currently in Australia on extended leave.

In a statement, Solomons Foreign Affairs Minister Patteson Oti says he is not at liberty to disclose why the Police Commissioner is no longer welcome.

But he says Castles' return and continued presence would be prejudicial to peace, defense, public safety, public order, public morality, security, and good governance in the Solomon Islands.

Castles is the second Australian to be declared unwelcome in the Solomons within 12 months.

Australian High Commissioner Patrick Cole was expelled earlier this year.

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