Atrocities in West Papua revealed

Indonesian security forces intentionally killed and raped children along with a large number of civilians at a massacre on the West Papuan island of Biak, a tribunal has found. The secret massacre which has been denied for years by Indonesia was officially detailed by a citizen’s tribunal which brought down its findings in Sydney recently.…

NZ police training in West Papua on hold

The Indonesian government has temporarily scrapped a controversial New Zealand-run police training programme for officers involved in the military occupation of West Papua. Radio New Zealand International reported that the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said only that Indonesia had pulled out of the next phase of the programme “at this time”. However,…

Sir Allan accused of influencing BVR

Speaker of parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza has been questioned and accused by Savo and Russell constituents’ for influencing the Biometric Voters Registration on pursuance for personal interests as an intending candidate. William Runa raised the alarm claiming Sir Allan has been manipulating the election system on his status as chairman of electoral commission. A formal…

New police chief to be known soon

A NEW police commissioner should be known within the next two weeks. This followed interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the top job this week. Two locals, an Australian, and a Fijian, are vying for the job. The Solomon Star understands interviews began Monday, and will complete today. After the interviews, the panel will submit…

Trio held for looting, burning

POLICE confirmed they arrested three people believed to be behind the looting and burning down of Uncle Alick building during the May 16 rioting, east of Honiara. Acting police chief Juanita Matanga said the trio were believed to have played major roles in the looting and burning down of the building. “Investigations into the looting…

Hearts of Hope receives help

A CHARITABLE organisation that works with orphans, widows, and people with disability in central Kwara’ae, Malaita, on Thursday received assistance from Australian Combine churches. Hearts of Hope founder Janet Justice Aihari received the donation from pastor Miriam River from Australia combine churches. Ms Rivers said that the donation was part of their continuing support to…

Temotu man arrested over rape

POLICE have arrested a male suspect from Temotu following a rape incident at the Tasahe area over the weekend. Police said the suspect allegedly went into the car of the victim and her friend and raped the 18 year old. The matter was reported to police and following initial investigations arrested the suspect at Karaina…