1 Jul 2008

RAMSI disappointed over officer's refusal to co-operate

8:21 pm on 1 July 2008

The Commander of the Participating Police Force (PPF) with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has expressed his disappointment that the RAMSI police officer injured in a recent fatal car accident has refused to cooperate with the local Police.

The police officer, who is from Samoa, was a passenger in the vehicle and is currently undergoing treatment for serious injuries in a Brisbane hospital.

Commander Denis McDermott says he is disappointed that a member of the Participating Police Force had declined to be interviewed by the Solomon police force, SIPF.

The officer, who has not been named, refused last week to be interviewed by a senior detective sent to Brisbane by the SIPF as part of their investigation into the fatal accident.

Mr McDermott says that while it's the right of any person to decline to be interviewed, he's personally disappointed that a PPF officer has chosen not to assist the investigation.

However the commander said that he still had every confidence that despite this set back the SIPF would soon complete their investigation.

Mr McDermott says his heart went out to the family of the deceased, Ms Hilda Ilibae, a 26 year old nurse who was killed in the accident.