Foreigner’s voter registration verdict set
THE fate of the man accused of registering in several constituencies using different names in 2018 to vote at the last National General Election has been deferred to January 31.
Alif Vai, a national from Bangladesh faces judgment on seven counts of obtaining registration licence by false pretence.
The judgment was listed to be delivered yesterday.
However, Principal Magistrate Felix Hollison adjourned the matter to the end of this month for the judgement.
The trial in this matter was conducted last year.
Two prosecution witnesses testified at the trial while Vai remained silent for the defence case.
Vai was accused of committing the offence during the registration period in 2018 for the 2019 National General Election.
He was said to have registered in seven different constituencies using seven different names, dates of birth and other details on each occasions.
Ben Alasia of Public Solicitor’s Office represents Vai while Public Prosecutor Olivia Manu is appearing for the Crown.
Men set to go on trial for unlawful assembly
FOUR young men accused of taking part in an unlawful assembly at Kastom Garden road area, Burns Creek in east Honiara during last November’s unrest will go on trial next month.
They are charged with unlawful assembly.
They will go on a five days trial commencing on February 22.
The men were charged in relation to an allegation at about 8pm on 24 November 2021.
It was alleged the five men were part of a group of men who were setting up road blocks at the road along the Kastom Garden area.
At that time, criminal activities and disturbances were ongoing in Honiara that saw looting, destruction and arson of shops and business houses.
A Bank, police station and part of a high school was also burnt down.
The criminal activities continued on until 26 November 2021 when foreign troops came into the country to assist our local police to contain the criminal activities.