MSG Trade Fair underway in Noumea

The region’s biggest and most exciting annual trade fair – the MSG Trade Fair got underway yesterday at the Chambres du Metiers in Noumea, New Caledonia showcasing a wide range of industries, products and investment opportunities. Over 60 exhibitors and entrepreneurs from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are participating at…

Prosecution ordered to provide disclosures

PROSECUTION has been ordered to disclose brief of the case of the four people charged in relation to the Mbike Island shooting before December 7. The matter came before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika yesterday and was further adjourned. There has been a change of prosecutor after Nelson Dhita, who used to take carriage of this…

Magistrate blame lawyers for case delays

PRINCIPAL Magistrate Jim Seuika yesterday raised concerns again on the delay of cases due to absences of lawyers in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. He said it seems that the Public Solicitor’s Office prioritise high court matters than those in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. He expressed his concern after vacating the trial of a juvenile because…

Juvenile trial vacated

TRIAL has been vacated yesterday on the case of the juvenile facing a defilement charge, giving him a chance to find another lawyer to represent him. This was after the juvenile turned up in court yesterday without a lawyer. His lawyer Stanley Aupai from the Public Solicitor’s Office has gone on leave. He has requested…

Hunikera trial resumes next month

CONTINUATION of trial in relation to the traffic case against former provincial police commander of Guadalcanal Daniel Hunikera will start next month. Last Friday prosecution called only one witness. Prosecution will call another witness and avail four other police officers for the defence to cross-examine before closing its case. So far five witnesses were already…

PEC awards hearing ends

THE hearing of the legal suit challenging the tax-free pay awarded to MPs in April this year has ended on Tuesday in the High Court. Closing submissions will be made today. The trial started on Monday before Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer. Parliamentary Wing Leader of the People’s First Party Derrick Manu’ari, who was one…

Militant meeting claim denied

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Resigned ministers are still Gov’t members

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCC) has claimed the allegiance of the six Members of Parliament, who resigned during the political upheaval last month. The six MPs are Douglas Ete, Bodo Dettke, Augustine Auga, Bradley Tovosia, Nestor Ghiro and Alfred Ghiro. According to an updated list of the Political Parties Commission on 2nd November,…