31 Mar 2011

Solomon Islands official says security forces must show restraint

10:00 am on 31 March 2011

A Solomon Islands government official has spoken of the need for security forces to show restraint, during a reconciliation ceremony with the community of a man shot during a RAMSI callout.

Harry Lolonga died after Tongan officers from the Regional Assistance Mission fired their weapons while attending a brawl on the outskirts of Honiara last year.

Police said the officers had come under attack from a large number of people throwing rocks.

The government's Permanent Secretary for RAMSI, Paul Tovua, spoke to the community of Mr Lolonga's home village, Peochekuri, during the ceremony on Tuesday.

"If there is anything we can do to avoid similar incidents happening in future, I would say this, disciplined forces and soldiers restrain yourselves. Sense the situation appropriately before giving orders or taking orders."

Paul Tovua asked for the community's forgiveness if he had failed them.