23 Feb 2007

Solomon Airlines boss suspended

4:50 pm on 23 February 2007

The Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Airlines has been suspended.

Joseph Anea was suspended from duty effective from Tuesday.

The Chair of Solomon Airlines Board, Martin Magga, says Mr Anea is given 14 days to challenge the allegations levelled against him.

Mr Magga would not divulge the reasons behind the suspension although our correspondent says it is understood that the decision was politically motivated.

Mr Anea said several weeks ago that he was expecting to be sacked from the board and that he was at its mercy.

He says he is not indispensable but urged the Board to substantiate and justify the reason for wanting to sack him.