OUSTED AUSSIE POLICE CHIEF RETURNS TO RANKS

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 3) - Fiji’s ousted police commissioner Andrew Hughes has confirmed he will be "re-absorbed" into the Australian Federal Police (AFP) force.

Mr Hughes, who left Fiji on the eve of last month's military coup after receiving death threats, told The Australian newspaper he would rejoin the AFP next month.

He was Assistant Commissioner in the AFP when he was seconded to Fiji as Police Commissioner in 2003 to replace Isikia Savua.

The Australian Federal Police nominated Hughes for the role of Fiji Commissioner of Police following a request by the Fiji Constitutional Officers committee.

Before his Fiji appointment, Hughes served as an Assistant Commissioner of the AFP, holding the position of Deputy Chief Police Officer of the Australian Capital Territory.

Prior to this appointment, Hughes was the general manager of International and Federal Operations.

The report comes as the ousted Australian commissioner of the Solomon Islands police has blamed his hard line on corruption for the ban on him re-entering the Pacific nation.

Shane Castles said the Solomon Islands government's "disgraceful act" to declare him an undesirable immigrant was a desperate move following his clean-up of the police service.

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