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Part of armed group that freed deportee at airport

By Jeremy Inifiri HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 30, 2010) – Police have arrested and charged a man believed to be involved in helping a Sri-Lankan national escape deportation last week.

A police media spokesperson said from investigations done by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP), they managed to arrest the male at his home village in the Sun Valley area.

Police alleged the man was part of an armed group that went in to the Henderson International Airport’s departure lounge, threatened security and police officers before escaping with the foreign national.

Police said the accused was facing five counts, all in relation to the incident.

The charges include; assault of police officers in execution of duty, intimidation, going armed in public, possession of weapon and act intended to cause grievous harm or prevent arrest.

The accused appeared in court last week and was granted bail at the sum of $1000.

He is again expected to appear before the Magistrates court on January, 6.

Police are yet to give details as to when or if the Sri-Lankan would be deported.

The foreign national was believed to be an employee of Taj Mahal restaurant at Lunga, brought in when the restaurant was opened three years ago.

He was believed to have illegally stayed in the country without a proper residence or work permit.

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