Lawyer ordered to appear in court

Lawyer representing the man accused of attacking a Renbel Chief at the Kingsley Food bar last year has been ordered to appear in court on July 28. This is so that he can confirm to the court on the form of preliminary inquiry his client prefer. George Gray of Public Solicitor’s Office who represents Frank…

Court clarifies decision to issue certificate

The Central Magistrate Court in Honiara has stated that the Certificate of No Appeal issued for Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) tenement on West Rennell is done according to the Act. Speaking to the Solomon Star yesterday, an officer from the Central Magistrate who wants his name withheld said, that the decision to give APID…

Judgement date set for attempted rape accused

A man standing a one day trial for attempted rape in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court will know his fate on August 18. During the trial on Tuesday, prosecution called three witnesses including the alleged victim in the hearing before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. The accused, David Oigau did not call any witnesses during…

Father faces rape charge

Prosecution has confirmed they will be proceeding with the rape charge against a man who allegedly raped his daughter this year at a plantation in East Guadalcanal. The 65-year-old father who cannot be named to protect the identity of his 15 year-old daughter has been initially charged with one count of rape and another count…

Landowners demand answers

Disgruntled landowners of West Rennell are demanding answers while rubbishing claims that a 90-days notice was served for grieving parties to make an appeal to the Customary Land Appeal Court (CLAC) over the registered tenement (land) by APID for mining operation. This came after government appointed lands acquisition officer Penrose Palmer and APID land coordinator…

Opposition on students’ allowance

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is concerned over the late disbursement of allowances to Government sponsored students studying abroad. In a statement, the Office of the Leader of Opposition informed that it has received complaints from many affected and disgruntled students in Fiji for non-payments of allowances which have affected the students badly. “The Opposition Office…

Hotel bills saga

Parliament clarifies MPs are responsible for hotel bills OFFICE of the National Parliament says the three Members of Parliament (MP) that have incurred more than $900, 000 in hotel charges are responsible to settle their own bills. Clerk to the National Parliament Clezy Rore yesterday clarified this following revelation last week that three MPs and…

SINTA to announce new GS

SOLOMON Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) is expected to announce its new general secretary (GS) this week. A source close to the paper revealed this yesterday saying someone had been appointed and will be formally announced soon. The post was advertised which attracted a lot of applicants. The source said, a number of people who…

Constituents call for revising of CDF structure

MORE than 50 constituents of East, Central, and West Honiara have called on the government to find ways in revising the current structure of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF). They made a call during a two-day CDF training that was conducted by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) last week, at the SIDT conference room in Honiara.…