Arrest of Andrew Te'e
Media Release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
RAMSI Police and RSIP arrested former Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM)
Commander Andrew Te'e, on the morning of Monday 8 December. Te'e was arrested in the village of Pure Pure on the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal.
Te'e has been charged with three counts of murder in
relation to the deaths of:
- Samson Siarani on 17 April 1999
- Teke Kenisi on 16 March 2001 and
- Special Constable Augustine Govu on 16 March 2001.
In relation to the arrest, Acting Police Commissioner Ben McDevitt
"This is a very significant arrest by police and sends
a clear message that the rule of law has returned to Solomon Islands. It also sends a very clear message to the community that no one is above the
law. It does not matter where they are from, or where they reside; if they have committed
a crime, all will be treated equally under the law of Solomon Islands."
RAMSI Police have now made over 600 arrests and laid over 1,000 charges
since their arrival on 24 July 2003. Forty-eight of these charges are in relation to murder.
Te'e is scheduled to appear in the Honiara Magistrates'Court
later today where RAMSI Police will seek to have him remanded in custody.
Media contact: Sue
Langford, Office of Special Coordinator (02) 6261 1867