21 Jul 2003

Melanesian Brothers in Solomon Islands may soon be free

5:24 pm on 21 July 2003

Solomon Islands rebel leader Harold Keke says he is about to release more members of the Anglican church's Melanesian Brotherhood who he has been holding hostage.

The MP Y Sato has received a letter today from Keke saying he will set free three more church workers.

It follows the release two weeks ago of four Melanesian Brothers after Y Sato had met with Keke.

At that time Keke also agreed to a ceasefire.

Meanwhile Mr Sato says it is not clear whether Keke will also release six other Brothers he has been holding since the beginning of May.