14 Nov 2016

Solomons DPP to get file on custody death shortly

11:10 am on 14 November 2016

The Solomon Islands Director of Public Prosecution Office will soon be handed the police file on the death of a young man who died in police custody last June.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga said her office has just received the report put together by crime investigators and will work with the office of the Professional Standard on the report before it is given to the DPP Office.

Samples from a post-mortem on David Saemala, who died while in the Central Watch House, were sent to Australia for testing.

Ms Matanga said the crime investigators have tried their best to ensure there was transparency and accountability when they carried out their investigation on the death of David Saemala while in police custody.

Mr Saemala was the son of the former MP, the late Francis Saemala.