Colin Yow has refused to say whether he’ll challenge the High Court orders restraining him from entering the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) premises.
“Now is not the right time to talk about that; it’s already in the papers,” Yow replied when the Sunday Star contacted him at his Heritage Park hotel residence, yesterday.
He also declined to comment on claims he’d transferred money overseas ahead of Friday’s court orders.
“I do not know where you are coming from, so I cannot comment,” he said.
Yow said he’s aware of allegations made against him, but he cannot comment on those.
Friday’s court order by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer was a big blow for the Singapore-born Australian citizen who had consistently defied his sacking and refused to vacate the SIPA office.
Palmer ordered that Yow, his servants, agents, invitees, licensees or others under his authority or purported authority are restrained from entering all premises owned and/ or controlled by SIPA.
He was also restrained from issuing any directives or instructions to the management of SIPA in relation to the operations of the authority.
Amongst many controversial decisions he made without the SIPA board, Yow single-handedly recruited Charles Ashley as his legal adviser and Samson Faisi his public relations officer.
He also got the backing of Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF), whose president Charles Dausabea, founded the Yow-backed Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Trade and Industries for Solomon Islands (ICCTISI).
This newly established group received more than $100,000 from Yow last week as their start-up capital.
Chief Justice Palmer had given Yow 14-days to file a claim against the orders.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI