4 Nov 2003

Senior Solomons officer becomes 30th police officer to be arrested by intervention force

3:41 pm on 4 November 2003

The multinational police force in Solomon Islands has arrested chief superintendent, Manesseh Maelanga, to face eleven charges.

The assistance mission says Maelanga is the thirtieth police officer and most senior police force member to be arrested since the intervention began in late July.

He is accused of a range of crimes, including the abduction and rape of a woman in Honiara.

Maelanga will also be charged with larceny, malicious damage, intimidation and demanding property with menace in relation to an incident at a Honiara yacht club last year.

The deputy police commissioner, Ben McDevitt, says the arrest is significant in terms of efforts to clean up the police and ensure that officers accused of crime are brought before a court.