Solomons Opposition Supports Suspension Of Deputy Police Leader

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 22, 2012) – Dr. Sikua has supported Sasako's call for Solomon Islands Deputy Police Commissioner Walter Kola to be suspended.

Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua has supported the call by former Member of Parliament and Government media consultant, Alfred Sasako for the suspension of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Walter Kola in view of pending cases against him.

Hon. Dr. Sikua said it is important for the integrity of the Solomon Islands Police that the Commissioner of Police, John Langsley ensures that Mr. Kola is investigated immediately and that he be stood down whilst investigation is carried out else he could tamper with investigation files as was the situation in the past.

"I understand that the cases pending against the Deputy Commissioner of Police include a traffic accident, demanding money and threatening in a prison service compound under the influence of liquor and involvement in the illegal beche-de-mer trade.

"However, I noted with grave concern that nothing eventuated from the investigations into these cases against the Deputy Commissioner of Police by the Professional Standards Investigation team of the Solomon Islands Police as the files concerned were reported to have gone missing and this has triggered serious concerns amongst the police subordinates," he said.

The Opposition Leader said the last thing that Solomon Islanders would want to see is a divided and ineffective police force especially when the country is preparing to host very important events this year as a way of demonstrating their disagreement with how the police executive handles cases involving top police officers and the ostensible non action by the Police Commissioner on this serious issue.

Attempts to get Mr. Kola for comment were unsuccessful yesterday.

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