30 Nov 2010

Disruptions in Solomons after Lusibaea jailing

1:54 pm on 30 November 2010

Solomon Islands cabinet minister and former militia leader, Jimmy Lusibaea, has been sentenced to two years jail, sparking violence from his supporters in Honiara.

The sentence for follows a guilty plea to counts of unlawfully wounding another person and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duties during the ethnic tensions.

Our correspondent in Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, says business operators in Honiara have been leaving their shops to avoid the angry mob.

She says additional troops were flown into the country from Australia this morning.