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…

Maelasi: Don’t send any more students to Fiji

THE government should reconsider sending further students to universities in Fiji in light of the disaster situation brought on by Cyclone Winston and the fact registrations have already closed. Vice President of the University of South Pacific (USP) Students Association Solomon Islander Anthony Maelasi issued the reminder yesterday. “We are aware that NTU is still…

Sikua responds to Maelanga’s clarification

The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Hon. Dr Derek Sikua yesterday responded to clarification by the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga’s on the MPs 2016 Scholarship Awards. In a statement he said, National Training Unit (NTU) has no authority to approve or decline additional scholarships requested by MPs or applications from any Solomon…

Sikua responds to Maelanga’s clarification

The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Hon. Dr Derek Sikua yesterday responded to clarification by the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga’s on the MPs 2016 Scholarship Awards. In a statement he said, National Training Unit (NTU) has no authority to approve or decline additional scholarships requested by MPs or applications from any Solomon…

Huge loss

Sir Peter dies at 72 STATESMAN and the nation’s first prime minister Sir Peter Kenilorea died peacefully at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara late on Thursday, age 72. The government is expected to hold a state funeral next week in his honour. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who is currently in Papua New Guinea, and…