Lawyer representing the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Guadalcanal David Dei Pacha will continue cross-examine a prosecution witness next week.
Before opening the defence case, Gabriel Suri of Suri’s Legal Practice recalled two prosecution witnesses to cross-examine.
He had already completed one witness last week and will cross examine the second witness on Monday next week.
The defence case will possibly start after he completed his cross-examination.
Pacha is tried for the second time in the Honiara Magistrates Court for the charges of conversion and abuse of office.
He allegedly misused more than $148,000 of public funds meant for his micro-project in his constituency in 2006.
Pacha’s case has been remitted to the Honiara Magistrate’s Court for either a new trial or continuation of trial after the Crown appealed the magistrate’s decision to clear him of the charges.
He was freed from the charges in 2012, following a no case to answer submitted by his lawyer at the close of the Crown’s case.
A new trial was conducted before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika since the expatriate magistrate Shafi Khan who presided over the case had already left the country.
Crown Prosecutor Augustine Aulanga represents the State
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN