Date fixed for Auki murder case

The court has on Monday fixed a tentative date to hear the defence case in relation to the case of the four men accused of the murder of a man in Auki in Malaita province last year. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo set down a one week hearing for the long form preliminary inquiry commencing…

HEFTY PAYOUT

A ONE day timber rights hearing recently held in Santa Cruz, Temotu province has costed $236,000 in allowance payment which was described as the most expensive hearing ever held in the province. A source close to the ministry of forestry in Lata claimed officers and provincial executive members of the Temotu provicial government received between…

CDF ACT PLAN

The government through the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) plans to implement the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Act before its term ends. The Ministry of Rural Development permanent secretary, Selina Boso revealed this when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Parliament on Sunday. The PAC had scrutinsed the $3.9 billion budget. Boso…

Miss Solomons leaves for Pacific Pageant

NEWLY crowned Miss Solomon Islands Camilla Grossmith and her delegation left Honiara last Saturday to compete in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Samoa. The trip was made possible with the support of various companies, organizations and individuals during at fundraising drive at the Yacht Club. One of the companies’ that offered support during the…

AG: only parliament can remove PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare can only be removed through a motion of no confidence on the floor of Parliament. Attorney General, James Apaniai revealed this after United Democratic Party (UDP) removed him as its Parliamentary wing leader recently. Mr Apaniai believes UDP can sack Mr Sogavare as a member of UDP but this does not…

MAYOR DEFENDS ACTION

CITY mayor Andrew Mua has defended the council’s decision to demolish illegal betel nut market stalls along the streets. And he said councillors who disagreed with the decision and wish to resign from the council executive are welcome to do so. “The decision was in line with council ordinance,” Mr Mua told the Solomon Star.…

NPF clarifies under-water cable investment here

SOLOMON Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) has denied investing US$10 million (SI$77.9 million) into Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC). NPF general manager Tony Makabo clarified this after president of Malaita Ma’asina Forum Charles Dausabea made the claim on Wednesday. Mr Dausabea questioned why NPF decided to invest such large amount of money into SOCC when…

Prosecutor asked to withdraw charges

A PROSECUTOR has been ordered to advise court of his position as to whether or not he will accept the defence’s proposal to withdraw the charges against two Asians accused of stealing logs on Rennell, Renbel Province. Private lawyer Allan Hou has made a proposal to the prosecution seeking withdrawal of larceny of tree and…