Solomon Islands Police Search For Escaped Prisoners

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Personnel will also address community call for reconciliation

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 11, 2013) – Solomon Islands police will be deployed to the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal next week as part of efforts to recapture two prison escapees who broke out of the Rove Correctional Centre last year.

The two escapees were part of three men who escaped the Rove Correctional Centre last October.

One has been recaptured, whilst the other two have fled Honiara and now believed to be in hiding in their villages in the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal.

A month after their escape, one of the fugitives sent in a recording claiming himself to be Francis Lela, a political prisoner who refused to go back to Rove until the government fulfills its promises to assist rehabilitate all former militants of Guadalcanal and Malaita.

He also demanded a reconciliation be staged between the RSIPF and communities on Guadalcanal.

Deputy Police Commissioner Walter Kola yesterday said that police along with the support of the Correctional Services Solomon Islands (CSSI) will be deployed next week to hold discussions with the people in the Weathercoast for reconciliation to be held between the RSIPF and the community.

This was in relation to the shooting incident in the Weathercoast during the ethnic tensions, in which a patrol boat was used by the joint-operation team attempting to capture Harold Keke.

Mr. Kola also added that the mission aims is to hold fruitful discussions, hold a reconciliation to address the long standing matter and negotiate the recapture of the two fugitives.

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