TEMOTU Premier Clay Forau who was accused of misusing more than $350,000 intended for his constituency when he was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Temotu Vatud will plea to the allegation on August 24.
The Prosecution will also respond to an application made by Forau’s lawyer who wants this this matter to be transferred to the Lata Magistrate’s Court in Lata, Temotu on that date.
His matter was mentioned in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The former MP for Temotu Vatud constituency faces 14 counts of conversion.
This is in relation to allegation between 2012 and 2014, when he was the MP for Temotu Vatud Constituency.
Prosecution alleged that during those times, he was entrusted with a total of $350,890, the property of Solomon Islands Government.
The money was supposed to be paid to recipients of the 2012 Cocoa Industry Support Scheme and Rehabilitation of Coconut Industry Program for Temotu Vatud Constituency.
He, however, on 14 occasions between 19 October 2012 and 31 October 2014 allegedly fraudulently converted the total of 350,890 to his own benefit.
Private Lawyer Jim Seuika represents Forau.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN
Solomon Star, Honiara