8 Jun 2007

Solomons riot probe hears alleged corruption stirred unrest

4:41 pm on 8 June 2007

The Solomon Islands commission of inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara has been told that the cause of the riot was linked to the high level of corruption in the country.

The commission is currently taking testimony on the background to the unrest to find out what exactly happened.

Giving a summary during a public hearing, the commission's chair, Brian Brunton, said they visited a settlement in the capital and took sworn statements from a number of witnesses.

Mr Brunton says witnesses from Gilbert Camp testified that many people were angry because they felt there was a high level of corruption within government.

Rioting started after parliament elected Snyder Rini as the new prime minister following a general election which international observers had deemed was free and fair.