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Bougainville police disarmed in pursuit across Solomon Islands border

Bougainville police disarmed in pursuit across Solomon Islands border

Updated 20 April 2015, 17:45 AEST

A foreign affairs specialist says a recent incident in which armed Bougainville police entered Solomon Islands territory, to then be disarmed under local laws, shows the need for both government to agree on how to handle border issues better.

The armed police from Bougainville, with PNG supplied arms, had been chasing a thief who had stolen a motorised dinghy and followed him into Solomon Islands territory where they were intercepted by local police.

Together with two Australian members of the Participating Police Force, formerly of RAMSI, the Bougainville police had their firearms confiscated.

Professor Stephen Hoadley of Auckland University says that laws governing the hot pursuit of fugitives from one country to another across a sea border are not well defined, and this incursion would seem to be illegal under existing international law.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Stephen Hoadley, Auckland University

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