21 Dec 2015

Nine men from Bougainville plead guilty in Solomons case

4:42 pm on 21 December 2015

Nine men from Papua New Guinea's Bougainville area have pleaded guilty to unlawfully being in Solomon Islands.

The Post Courier reports a man from the Shortland Islands, in Solomon Islands' Western Province, also pleaded guilty to a charge after hiring the men for security reasons.

John Nauva told the court he hired the men as guards after three other boats from Bougainville landed on his property, carrying men with guns.

However the men then worked for a logging camp in the Shortland Islands for most of the month of September.

Honiara magistrate's court is expected to deliver its sentence this week.

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