SOLOMONS OFFICIAL APOLOGIZES FOR DRUNKEN BRAWL

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Fight in Taiwan damaged store and injured policemen

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp., Dec. 31, 2008) – A Ministry Foreign Affairs officer who in November caused an international incident in Taiwan when he damaged a store and injured three policemen during a drunken fight has made a public apology.

The apology was published in today's Solomon Star.

William Marau who was in Taiwan to attend a training program said he was deeply sorry for his very unprofessional behaviour.

He said he had taken too much alcohol and misbehaved to a degree where be became aggressive to personnel of the military college where he attended a training course.

Mr. Marau said language and communication difficulties might have led to a woman from the store calling for police which led to his arrest and the punches he might have have made to one of the three police officers.

He said they all fell over a rack of magazines in the store which was reported as damages.

Marau said the injuries sustained by the police officers were nothing more than scratches and a small bruise on the officer he had punched.

He took full responsibility for the unfortunate incident and said it was a big lesson for him.

Marau admitted to having a problem with heavy drinking and said he is trying to break the habit.

He said he paid compensation to the three police officers in Taiwan and made friends with them until he returned home.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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