18 Apr 2018

Top Solomon Islands official guilty of corruption

2:33 pm on 18 April 2018

The Speaker of the Temotu Provincial Assembly in Solomon Islands, Johnson Levela, has been found guilty of abuse of office.

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He had been charged with receiving more than US$14,619 in business licence fees from a logging company and two shipping companies when he was the provincial premier.

The Solomon Star reported that Levela had pleaded guilty to six counts of abuse of office at a Magistrates' Court sitting in Lata in Temotu.

The offences had occurred from 2006 to 2008 when he pocketed the business licence fees from the companies for his own benefit.

Levela had initially been charged with six counts of official corruption and other offences but pleaded guilty when the prosecutor substituted the abuse of office charges.