Thursday, 30 October 2008 7:38 AM

Australian Arrested in Honiara

A wanted man from Melbourne, who allegedly taunted Australian police saying he would never be captured, was arrested by Solomon Islands Police Force detectives at Henderson International Airport in Honiara on Tuesday (28 October 2008).

Solomon Islands detectives met a flight from Port Vila at the International Airport on Tuesday and arrested the man.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Peter Aoraunisaka, said the arrest took place after information was received that the alleged murderer was traveling to the Solomon Islands.

"The Solomon Islands Police Force is very pleased to have achieved this result, given the offender had traveled through several jurisdictions. Working on operations with other law enforcement agencies in the region is an example of the growth our organisation has achieved.

"We acted after Australian authorities informed police that an arrest warrant existed for this man after he allegedly committed a murder in Victoria in 2004," he said.

The 38-year-old was interviewed at Police Headquarters by Solomon Islands detectives and placed in custody at Central Watch House.

"Our investigation is continuing and we are liaising with the Solomon Islands Government in relation to the extradition process," Acting Assistant Commissioner Aoraunisaka said.

The 38-year-old man appeared before the Honiara Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon and was remanded in custody for 14 days, until extradition proceedings commence.

SOURCE: Press Release

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