Sunday, 19 August 2007 7:56 AM

Former Militant Arrested

A man has been arrested and charged with offences dating back to 2003.

The man was arrested at White River when he was sighted by members of the National Investigations Team.

Police will allege that 27 year old Kou Tatave was, at the time of the offences, a member of the Guadalcanal Liberation Front. He is alleged to have been part of a group that raided Ogio village and others on 27 May 2003.

Police allege that five people were killed, several were seriously assaulted and their homes burnt down. Tatave is the twelfth person to be arrested in relation to the offences. The other eleven are currently remanded in custody awaiting trial.

Tatave has been charged with four counts of abduction, three counts of unlawful confinement and two counts of arson. He appeared briefly in the Honiara Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will appear again today.

Deputy Director of the National Investigations Team, Silas Karani, said: "This is a significant arrest following a long investigation. It has been a very good job carried out by the police."