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Friday, May 18, 2007

Chairman of Police and Prison Services Commission says the commission is unsure of how Solomons new Police boss was identified

Chairman of the Police and Prison Services Commission Edmund Andresen says the commission is in the dark as to how the new Commissioner of Police was identified.

Mr Andresen says all that was in the commission's minutes was it's decision to advertise the post both locally and overseas.

He says the Public Service Commission was going to advertise the position.

Mr Andresen says as far as the Police and Prison Services Commission is concerned, the post had not yet been advertised.

He says even if the appointment of Fiji national Jahir Khan was special, the commission was not aware of it.

Mr Andresen says up until now, the commission have yet to know how Mr Khan was appointed.

He says recommendation for the appointment has yet to be formalised by the Police and Prison Services Commission.

Mr Khan was sworn in by Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena at Government House on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Police and Prison Services Commission chairman Mr Andresen denies reports by Solomon Star news paper that he had attempted to block the swearing-in-ceremony of the new Police Commissioner on Tuesday.

Mr Andresen says at no time did he say the swearing in ceremony should not take place, nor had he intended to delay it.

Mr Andresen says he informed a Government House Official that morning that the process of formalising the recommendation by the Prime Minister has not been done by the commission, and a swearing in ceremony could be un-procedural and open for a challenge by any interested party.

Mr Andresen denies saying the swearing in was unconstitutional.

He says the procedure he referred to was the same process that was followed in the appointment of previous Police Commissioners.

He says his presence at Government House that morning was not to witness the swearing in, but was a result of an unprecedented order by the Governor General to explain the position of the commission to those present.

Source: SIBC

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