The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged three (3) Foreigners for Prohibition of entry of non-citizen under the SOPE regulation.
Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau says, “It was alleged that the three Foreigners were travelling in two separate yachts together earlier this month and were seen anchored at Baralau Island, Aola.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “According to information received both Yachts departed from Denarau port in Fiji on 18 November 2020 and arrived in Solomon Islands 1 December 2020.The matter was reported to police and Patrol boat Gizo has been sent to escort the two foreign yachts.”
Mr Mangau says, “Upon arrival of the yachts, Immigration, Customs and Police conducted a joint search after a thorough clearance done by Health authorities. The Crews were quarantined prior to their arrest.”
He says, “Concerning their entry, there was no application received by the Oversight Committee from the yachts and there was no permission given.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “I would like to thank officers from Immigration, Customs and Health for their tremendous support to Police in the initial investigation of the Yachts illegal entry. He also wish to thank Officers of National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) for their hard work in ensuring the matter is before courts.”
“I believe the same support will continue in the near future should there be any similar incident of this nature occurs.” Says Commissioner Mangau.
The suspects were remanded at Rove Correctional Services of Solomon Islands (CSSI) as of 23 December 2020 for further ruling on bail application until today 28 December 2020.