23 Nov 2018

High profile corruption convict refused bail in Solomon Islands

4:17 pm on 23 November 2018

A high profile corruption convict in Solomon Islands has been refused bail pending his appeal case.

The High Court in Honiara, Solomon Islands

The High Court in Honiara, Solomon Islands Photo: RNZI

Edmond Sikua is a former assistant police commissioner and permanent secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services.

He was convicted on three counts of official corruption earlier this month and given a two year jail sentence.

This was in relation to him approving contracts worth more than $US30,000 to a company owned by his two daughters when he was a permanent secretary.

Sikua's lawyer was seeking bail for him pending the hearing of an appeal against his conviction.

But this was denied by the local magistrate who said there were no exceptional circumstances that warranted Sikua being granted bail post-conviction.