Police prosecutor transfers file due to ‘political pressure’
A POLICE prosecutor on Monday told the court he is transferring a case to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions due to ‘political pressure’.
Member for South Choiseul Elijah Doromuala made the complaint against constituents John Niqe, Eddie Kodo, Max Qoloni and Jack Zukovai.
This was for allegations the four spread false information against Doromuala.
The matter came before the court yesterday for consideration of a withdrawal to the charges against the four accused due to insufficient evidence.
Police Prosecutor Rodney Wheatney however told the court that due to the political pressure it is appropriate that the case be transferred to the ODPP.
“It is appropriate that the file be passed to the DPP office because of the political pressure from the complainant (MP) and senior investigators,” Mr Wheatney told the court.
He said the four accused have also lodged a complaint against the MP for alleged misappropriation of funds, with the four as witnesses.
“It is therefore not right to say the four constituents spread false rumours because it will depend on the case of alleged misappropriation they filed against the MP that will support their claim.
He added that a decision on whether this matter should be withdrawn maybe delayed until the second file on the case against the MP is obtained so that a thorough review of both files can be made.
The ODPP will be appearing in this case on the next occasion which is on October 6.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN