Police in Solomon Islands have arrested and charged the forestry minister Samuel Manetoali for corruption.
In a statement yesterday police said the MP for Gao Bugotu on Isabel is accused of spending $US12,480 meant for developments in his constituency on a private Christmas party in 2014.
Police said the arrest was the result of a long and complex investigation.
Mr Manetoali has been charged with one count of conversion.
The arrest is the latest in a series of high profile corruption cases police are investigating.