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Australian Police Raid Solomon Islands Prime Minister's Office


Authorities in the Solomon Islands say Australian police have raided the offices of the island's Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavere, following his refusal to hand over a top official to Canberra on child-sex charges.

Officials say Australian police entered the offices of Mr. Sogavere Friday with a search warrant. Witnesses say a fax machine was taken that police believe could provide evidence that he helped the Solomon Islands' new attorney-general, Julian Moti, flee from Papua New Guinea to Honiara.

Moti, an Australian citizen was detained in Papua New Guinea in September at Australia's request. Earlier this month, Moti escaped custody and was flown to the Solomon islands aboard a PNG military plane.

Australia peacekeeping troops have been stationed in the Solomons for several months following violent unrest there.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .

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