POLICE say an article on the front page of the Solomon Star yesterday, accusing the care-taker Prime Minister of interfering with police work was misleading.
In a statement, police say they attended a report and arrested the accused shortly after 8pm on Monday 21 October 2014.
“He subsequently was taken and placed in custody. The accused was later charged and granted bail at approximately 00:52 am on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
“The accused is expected to appear in court on 3 November 2014,” the statement said.
It said the sequence of events highlighted above clearly outlined the execution of normal police procedures.
“The charging of an accused cannot be made if the individual is ‘VERY DRUNK’ as alluded to by the reporter.
“Additionally, the accused must fully understand the offence(s) before a charge can be laid against him.
“Finger prints are also required to be obtained and that simply cannot be possible with anyone who is heavily intoxicated as claimed by the reporter.
“These are only some of the prerequisite of the standard police procedures but it is already evident that the reporter was speculating and spreading false and serious allegations,” the statement said.
It added the correct information provided clearly show that the reporter exceedingly exaggerated his article and has obviously presented the incident way out of proposition.
“Inserting fragmented factual occurrences into a misleading article does not make it true in any sense. The reporter was simply lying to the public.
“It must be noted that this is a very serious allegation.
“This would even be more serious if the information was supplied by a serving police officer or officers as it is a clear breach of police orders and regulations.
“As rightly mentioned by the reporter, the executive are taking steps to ensure that this is thoroughly investigated as this is a very serious matter.”
– Police Media