The Parliamentary Leader of Independent Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua says he is ready to present evidence in court should the Prime Minister plans to pursue legal action against him.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week urged Sikua to submit the evidences for police investigation; failure to do so will see the PM seeking legal action for defamation of character.
It is understood that the seven days will lapse today.
In a statement last night, Dr Sikua said, the evidences within his possession will be presented in court should the Prime Minister (PM) is bold enough to stand by his initial proposed legal action against him.
Earlier on, Hon Sikua has welcomed that challenge. “It is at your call Hon Prime Minister.”
This statement is in response to the PM’s counter-attack on Friday 15th July 2016.
Dr. Sikua stated that his original statement was simply asking PM Sogavare to honestly and frankly answer the questions posed to him which was published on Monday 11th July 20016.
The questions are as follows;
- Who planned and was involved in the forced opening/break-in of the Rove Police Armory in the early hours of 5 June, 2000?
- As the then Leader of the Opposition Group in Parliament, what is your role, if any, in the planning of the 5 June, 2000 coup?
- If not, did you have any prior knowledge of the coup happening on 5 June, 2000?
- If not, why would you tell X not to send your children to school the night before?
- What did you say to the current MP for North West Guadalcanal and the Late John Garo when you and Hon Danny Philip confronted them in the Opposition Group’s Office at Vavaya Ridge following their kidnapping before the Coup?
Unfortunately, the above questions were not fully answered because PM Sogavare claimed that he has no knowledge of any pre-events surrounding, or leading up to the 5 June, 2000, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Hon Sikua rebutted that the evidences at hand were not fabricated information.
“The fact is, these statements and testimonies gathered are proven documents, and are ready to be tested in court once the legal challenge is on.
“Therefore, it is up to the PM to pursue his legal intention; but on our part, we are ready to defend ourselves should that is the path we are taking.”