PM’s media initiative

A ‘Prime Minister Media Excellence Award’ will be awarded to a top journalist this year. This was announced by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during the Media Freedom Day celebration last night. Mr Sogavare said, in recognition of the good working relationship that exists with the media the government is introducing the Prime Minister Media Excellence…

Fu guilty

The Taiwanese national who was on trial for two counts of intimidation charges has been found guilty of one of the charges. Mai Yung Fu, 65, was remanded in custody yesterday after his conviction of one count of intimidation awaiting the sentencing submissions. Both prosecution and the defence counsels will be presenting their submissions for…

Man denies allegations

A man facing various criminal charges has denied all the allegations against him when he appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Robert Pepeo pleaded not guilty to the charges of causing death by reckless and dangerous driving, using abusive words, simple larceny and threatening or insulting behaviour. He entered his pleas before Magistrate…

Man remanded for alleged theft

The court on Tuesday remanded a man accused of stealing cash and valuable properties totalling up to $85,000 from a home at Burns Creek area, East Honiara. Julian Robin Sira, 29 has been remanded in custody for one count of burglary. This followed a remand application made by Police Prosecutor Alice Foanaota before Magistrate Augustine…

Ruling for brothers next

The court will hand down its ruling next month in relation to the committal hearing conducted on the case involving two brothers facing a manslaughter charge. The long form preliminary inquiry was conducted last week before Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. The hearing saw a doctor giving medical evidence based on his autopsy report in relation…

2011 traffic case resumes

Trial in relation to a traffic incident that resulted in a death of a girl in 2011 has started on Wednesday at the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Rex Upwe’e who was a police officer at that time of the alleged incident stood trial for one count of reckless and dangerous driving and one count of endangering…

FSII calls on PM to prove his vow

THE Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to prove to the nation his promise in fighting against corruption by beginning in his own Cabinet. In a statement on Wednesday, the group says the reiteration made by the Prime Minister during the opening of the three-day workshop on corruption in…