A nation in mourning

Flags flown at half-mast in respect of Sir Peter ALL national flags and those of nations with offices here are flown on half-mast as the nation mourns the death of its statesman ,Sir Peter Kenilorea. As messages of condolences continue to pour in from abroad and at home, preparations are underway for a state funeral…

FPA to be gazetted in April

The Family Protect Act (FPA) will be gazetted on the 1st of April, almost a year after it became an Act. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast who is part of the FPA council said that date was confirmed during the council’s first meeting on Thursday. “The Council is mandated under the Family Protection Act (FPA) to…

Algerian envoy meets Maelanga

Algerian Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Abdelaziz Lahiouel has paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga on Thursday. Solomon Islands and Algeria has established diplomatic relations since 2012. Mr Maelanga while welcoming Ambassador Lahiouel and congratulated him for his appointment. The two leaders discussed issues of common interest to both countries and…

Date set for juvenile’s sentencing

The magistrates court has set March 9, as sentencing date, of a 15 year-old juvenile who assaulted a police officer in Russell Islands, Central Province, last year. The sentencing date was set after sentencing submissions and mitigation were made before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo yesterday. Police Prosecutor John Palmer personally presented a proper…

Court refuses to release passport

The court has on Wednesday granted an application to vary a bail application for a man facing a rape charge. Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo ordered that only a certified copy of the passport will be given the accused for the purpose of a medical report. He ordered that the original passport will still…

SINU to offer evening classes

SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) will soon be conducting lectures and tutorials in the evening for the benefits of people who are employed and unable to attend during working hours. Pro-vice chancellor professor Basil Marasinghe told the Solomon Star yesterday that this year the School of Business and Management will be conducting evening classes in…

Long delays in court cases queried

THE justice system in Solomon Islands has been criticised for long delays in prolonging cases to be heard at the High court and magistrates courts. Local environment activist and a member to the Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Network (IPBN), Lawrence Makili said many cases have been prolonged and left pending for years without hearing the trials.…

PM’s Pension Act may be illegal

THE Prime Minister’s (Pensions and Benefits) Act 2014 may have been an unconstitutional piece of law. That’s according to lawyers the Solomon Star had spoken to. Former Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo introduced the piece of legislation in parliament in 2014 before losing his parliamentary seat in the same year. The Act remunerates former prime…