FORMER PNG JUDGE TO HEAD SOLOMONS RIOT INQUIRY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 26) – Two prominent nationals from Papua New Guinea will be members of the four-member panel forming the Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare says the Commission expects to start its work next month.

In a press statement, Mr. Sogavare says a former Judge of the National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea, Mr. Brian Brunton will be chairman of the Commission of Inquiry.

Mr. Brunton had been Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea Law Faculty and former Chairman of Papua New Guinea Law Reform Commission.

The other Papua New Guinea member of the commission is the former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Noel Levi.

The two members of the commission from Solomon Islands are Waeta Ben Tabusasi and Charles Levo.

Mr. Tabusasi is a veteran politician and a former Speaker of Parliament and former Premier of Guadalcanal.

Mr. Levo is a prominent legal practitioner who had served on the Executive Committee of the Solomon Islands Bar Association.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare has called on members of the public to provide information to the Commission of Inquiry into the April Riots of 2006.

Mr. Sogavare calls for cooperation, as the Commission will embark on Inquiry early next month.

He appeals to members the public to provide the inquiry with any information and evidence regarding the tragic events of April 2006.

The April riots of 2006 sparked looting and the burning of the commercial business center of Honiara's Chinatown.

Hundreds of Chinese business owners and their families left the country following the riots.

Millions of dollars worth of cargo and buildings were destroyed after rioters and looters set fire to the buildings.

Prime Minister Sogavare says the Commission of Inquiry is part of government's efforts to eradicate malpractice.

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