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30 arrested over Gizo violence

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POLICE arrested 30 people in relation to the disturbances in Gizo last weekend.

Commissioner of Police John Lansley revealed this yesterday.

Mr Lansley, who visited Gizo last week, said investigations have progressed well with the help of Gizo residents.

“The people have been very helpful in assisting police with various information needed, thus resulted in police rounding off all 30suspects,” Mr Lansley said.

 “All suspects are connected to the disturbances in Gizo, and also the stabbing incident which stirred up the mass violence between the two groups,” he said

Mr Lansley added tsome of the suspects have already been brought over to Honiara and remanded in custody whilst others had been bailed.

Meanwhile, Mr Lansley commended the two conflicting parties for their efforts in helping resolved the tense situation.

Church leaders and senior residents of the town along with the assistance of the provincial government took up the leading role in organising a peace and reconciliation ceremony between the two groups.

“I commend the time and effort of everyone who had contributed in negotiations that have led to the reconciliation between the two groups last week.

“You have done well for your province especially in maintaining peace in your town and province,” Mr Lansley said.

The reconciliation ceremony included the payment of $50,000 to the Shortland Islanders by the Gilbertees community in Gizo.

By Jeremy Inifiri