5 Sep 2008

Samoa and Solomons agree prison sentence accord

9:49 am on 5 September 2008

The prime ministers of Samoa and the Solomon Islands have agreed that a Samoan police officer charged with manslaughter and dangerous driving in Solomon Islands will serve his sentence in his home country if found guilty.

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, revealed the

deal just days after the 29 year old police officer appeared in the Honiara

Magistrates court this week.

Tuila'epa says the agreement with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr

Derek Sikua, was made at a meeting in June.

It happened when he was invited as an official guest to the Solomon's

independence celebration three months ago.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister has told TVone that Solomon islanders living in his country would be treated the same way if they faced a jail sentence in Samoa as a result of committing a crime.