DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Ronald Bei Talasasa last Friday appealed to fugitive Edmond Sae to surrender and face justice.
Sae, a former police officer, is wanted for the murder of former police commissioner Sir Fredrick Soaki.
Mr Talasasa made the appeal while speaking at Malaita provincial capital Auki at the Legal Open Day organised yesterday.
“May I ask those who are suspected of committing crimes and remain at large; those who have been charged by police and absconded bail or break out of police cells or correctional centers and think they can avoid the long arms of the law – return to the law,” Mr Talasasa said.
“I make a special appeal to Edmond Sae – to give it up and allow the process of law fully applied in your case…your human rights will be respected,” he added.
“You will be treated with dignity and respect. You are still innocent until proven guilty.
“I appeal to you to go to the nearest police station and be transferred to Honiara so the criminal proceedings against you can commence.”
Sae was accused of gunning down Sir Fredrick in Auki in 2002 during the tension days, while he was on a peace mission to Malaita.
He was previously arrested but escaped prison and has since remained at large.
He was believed to be hiding in the mountain villages of Malaita.
Past police operations to capture him have failed.
This was the first time for Mr Talasasa to publicly call on Sae to surrender.
Sae is on number one in the police’s 10 top wanted men.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI