Australia apologises over search of VIP

HONIARA – Australia has apologised to Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga over an explosive body search its immigration carried out on him about two weeks ago at Brisbane International Airport.

And Mr Maelanga said he had accepted the apology, which High Commissioner Andrew Byrne delivered during a meeting between the two.

“At least the high commissioner came to me and apologise over what their immigration officials did to me at Brisbane Airport,” Mr Maelanga told the Solomon Star.

He said he had also accepted the explanation Mr Byrne offered as to why the explosive body search was carried out. Mr Maelanga said he wouldn’t mind being searched if he was traveling alone.

“But I’m leading a government delegation to a United Nations summit and the officials accompanying me all witnessed how I was treated by the Australian immigration,” he said.