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Monday, February 26, 2007

Bill Johnson deported to Australia after being cleared of plots to assassinate Sogavare

The Australian man accused of plotting to assassinate Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has been deported from Honiara.

Bill Johnson, an Australian Vietnam Veteran, was arrested by Solomon Islands Police and flown to Australia yesterday.

He was arrested last month on charges of conspiracy to murder Mr Sogavare and plotting to committ a felony. However, the charges were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecution last week, because of what were described as "inconsistencies" in two police witness statements.

Bill Johnson is married to a Solomon Islander with four children.He has lived in Solomon Islands, particularly northeast Malaita since 1989.

Source: Radio Australia

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