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Monday, May 21, 2007

Interim report of Honiara black Tuesday riots last year to be released next month

A Commission of Inquiry into last year's riots in Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara after the election of Snyder Rini to the Prime Minister's position, is planning to release its first interim report next month.

One of the inquiry's commissioners, Charles Levo, says the inquiry is being conducted in stages.

He says the inquiry will run for five months and the first stage will examine what caused the riots.

Three people are currently on trial in the Solomon Islands High Court for allegedly inciting the riots.

Mr Levo says the inquiry will release separate findings on who it identifies as being responsible for the riots.

"The first stage, by way of interim report, should be available around June and that would basically be looking at the facts of the riots, not to go into issues of who would be responsible. Those are questions that would be considered in the later stage of the inquiry," he said.

Source: Radio Australia

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