21 Sep 2017

Solomon Islands vulnerable to cyber-crimes

10:18 am on 21 September 2017

The Solomon Islands Director of Public Prosecution, Ronald Bei Talasasa says the country does not have any existing laws to prosecute people who are engaged in cyber-crimes.

The Island Sun reports he made the statement at a national awareness workshop on promoting information and communications on cyber-crimes and laws in the capital, Honiara.

Mr Talasasa said there was an international law called the Budapest Convention that can be used to penalise offenders involved in cyber-crime activities.

However he said Solomon Islands cannot use the law when apprehending cyber-crime criminals, and that his office can only prosecute cyber-crime offenders based on what is available in the country's penal code.

Mr Talasasa said the starting point for Solomon Islands would be to legislate cyber-crime in the national ICT (Information and Communications Technology) policy.