Couple remanded for rape

A MAN and his wife have been arrested, charged, and remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly working together to rape a girl last month on Gela, Central Province. George Solopoto, 48, and Elizabeth Koka were brought to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court where they were remanded in custody until August 24. Police charged Solopoto with one…

Committee to investigate HCC saga

To resolve the impasse that the Honiara City Council faces, the Attorney General’s (AG) Chamber has advised the Minister of Home Affairs to form a committee and investigate the allegations leveled against City Mayor Andrew Mua. A copy of the letter dated 19th July 2017 which this paper obtained stated that if the committee finds…

Man investigated for keeping sea cucumber

An man is under investigation after police and fisheries officials found sea cucumber in his premises in Auki on Monday. The discovery of the sea cucumbers come as a surprise since sea cucumber ban is still effective in the country.    The discovery and serious investigation was confirmed by the Malaita Provincial Police Commander David Water…

Mines Minister could not answer question

FORMER MINISTER for Mines and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Guadalcanal David Day Pacha was absent in Parliament end of July when questions down for his answers were asked by Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Choiseul, Connelly Sandakabatu. The Mines Minister was supposed to respond to the question of whether a letter…

Treasure hunters peel Edson’s Ridge

The safety of national monuments and public parks are being threatened by treasure hunters and their unlicensed mining activities. Up at Bloody Ridge, it is obvious that the hills and grasslands are being mined by locals with hopes of discovering treasures buried by the Allied and Japanese Forces during their retreat. Some locals believed that…

Crew help Red Cross School with repair

A GROUP of young sailors from USS Barry early this week spent time at the Red Cross Special School to conduct minor repair works. Report reaching the paper said, the crew were able to do painting and other minor repairs at the school located Rifle Ridge, Tandai area, West Honiara. Philip Taylor-Bartels, the school’s advisor…

Shanel: justice must be served

MINISTER for Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel says he wants those implicated in the audit report of the Civil Aviation Special Fund to be charged and prosecuted. Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview, Mr Shanel stressed that those involved in awarding Civil Aviation contracts to their relatives and friends must be brought…

Police raid finds Illegal products in Auki

A combined raid by Compliance officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Police on a warehouse at the Malaita Provincial capital Auki early this week, has found more than 50 kilograms of dried beche-de-mer. The raid was conducted following a tip off that a certain businessman at the Malaita Provincial capital is engaged in buying…

Trump wants closer security ties with SI

UNITED States president Donald Trump says he wanted stronger cooperation with Solomon Islands on matters of security. Mr Trump conveyed his desire to the country’s ambassador to the United States, Robert Sisilo, when Mr Sisilo presented his Letter of Credence at the Oval Office on the West Wing of the White House on 21 June.…