Four men accused of spreading false rumours against their former Member of Parliament for South Choiseul were being discharged on Tuesday.
This was due to insufficient evidence to sustain the charge against them.
The prosecution has requested the court to withdraw the charges against John Niqe, Eddie Kodo, Max Qoloni and Jack Zokovai under section 190 (2) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo told the men that being discharge does not mean they are acquitted.
He said police can re-charge the four men if police collected enough evidence in the future.
The men have been accused of spreading false rumours about their former MP Elijah Doromuala of misusing public funds.
It was earlier heard in court that the four men have also taken up a case against Doromuala.
The matter was previously handled by the Police Prosecution and it was for consideration for a withdrawal.
However, the matter was then transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as it was heard on a previous court appearance that due to pressure of political nature from the complainant and senior police investigators, the file was transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Crown Prosecutor Ishmael Kekou appeared on behalf of the State, Tuesday.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN