15 Oct 2015

Solomons fugitive Sae arrested

11:48 am on 15 October 2015

Solomon Islands police have caught a fugitive, Edmund Sae, who had been on the run for more than 12 years.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

He was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when police arrested him in Auki on Malaita following a tip-off.

Edmund Sae, who had been a police sergeant, escaped from Rove jail in Honiara in April 2003 where he was held on charges related to the assassination of a former police commissioner, Sir Frederick Soaki, on Malaita.

Sir Fred, who was a member of the National Peace Council, was gunned down at a restaurant in the Malaitan provincial capital as he was about to take part in workshops on the demobilisation of special constables.

Edmund Sae, who at the time was 35 years old, escaped just days after his arrest amid reports that he might have had inside help to escape.

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