R.S.I.P.F REFUTES CLAIMS CARETAKER PM INTERFERES WITH POLICE JOB

Caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. Photo: SIBC

Caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. Photo: SIBC

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, RSIPF, has described as “misleading” claims that caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has interfered with Police work.

This came after an article published by the Solomon Star yesterday, accused Mr Lilo of interfering with police work when he directed police officers to release his son from custody.

But a statement from the Police said police attended a report and arrested the accused involved shortly after 8.00pm on Monday this week, who was subsequently taken and placed in custody.

It said the accused was later charged and granted bail at around 12:52am the next day. He is expected to appear in court on 3rd November.

The statement said the sequence of events highlighted above clearly outlined the execution of normal police procedures.

It adds, the charging of an accused cannot be made if the individual is ‘very drunk’ as alluded to by the article in the paper, adding that he must fully understand the offence or offences before a charge can be laid against him.

Meanwhile, the statement said finger prints are also required, which is impossible with anyone who is heavily intoxicated as claimed by the article.

It said these are only few of the prerequisites of standard police procedures, but it is clear that the reporter was speculating and spreading false and serious allegations.

The correct information provided clearly shows that the reporter exceedingly exaggerated his article and has obviously presented the incident out of proposition.

The statement said the police executive are taking steps to ensure it is thoroughly investigated, based on its seriousness.

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