22 Aug 2006

Former Guadalcanal militant leader released from jail

9:52 am on 22 August 2006

In Solomon Islands, jailed Guadalcanal Militant leader Joseph Sangu is now a free man.

Sangu was released from jail last Friday after having served his four-and-half year sentence at the Rove Maximum Prison.

Sangu was jailed for armed robbery at the Yandina Police station in the Russell Islands and for possession of firearms and ammunitions.

The offences were committed in 1998.

Sangu was arrested on August 18th 2003, a month after the arrival of the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

Sangu is the younger brother of Guadalcanal Warlord, Harold Keke who is serving a life sentence at the Rove prison for various offences including the murder of Parliament member and minister of the Crown, Fr. Augustine Geve in 2002.