15 Dec 2018

Solomons minister of forests arrested on corruption charges

7:41 am on 15 December 2018

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested and charged the forestry minister Samuel Manetoali for corruption.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

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.

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