17 Mar 2006

Solomons politician calls fine unfair

4:47 pm on 17 March 2006

A Solomon Islands politician says the 270 US dollar fine imposed on him by the Leadership Code Commission for alleged breaches to the Leadership Code is unfair.

The Commission says it found Alfred Sasako had demeaned his office by having an extra-marital affair.

But Mr Sasako says he believes the action taken is politically motivated to tarnish his image especially in the lead up to next month's election.

He has told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that he only knew about the charge when the Commission wrote to him about it once he had taken a job at the ACP secretariat in Brussels last year.

Mr Sasako says since then he had instructed the Commission to go through his lawyer on matters relating to the ACP job.