26 Apr 2004

RAMSI denies ignoring amnesty to arrest former militants in Solomon Islands

7:07 am on 26 April 2004

The Solomon Islands peacekeeping force has hit back at suggestions it's ignoring the law so it can arrest former militants.

The Regional Assistance Mission Co-Ordinator Nick Warner denies claims the force is ignoring provisions of the Amnesty Act when it arrests former militants.

Mr Warner told the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation that it wouldn't be appropriate for police to decide whether or not the amnesty applies to any specific offence.

He says police officers can arrest and charge former militants, and then leave it for the courts to decide whether the specific timeframes and conditions of immunity of the Amnesty Act will apply.