Tuesday, 6 March 2012 8:04 AM

Another MP Goes to Court

Trial into the case of South Guadalcanal MP David Dei Pacha will formally begin today at the Magistrate's Court.

The hearing was scheduled to begin yesterday morning but administrative matters concerning one of the charges had to be sorted out.

Mr Pacha is facing one count of conversion and one count of abuse of office.

It was alleged he diverted more than SBD$100,000 of a Republic of China Project intended for a beneficiary in his constituency into his own general constituency account.

This occurred between October and November of 2006.

Mr Pacha was first elected to the National Parliament in 2006, representing South Guadalcanal Constituency. He again won in the 2010 elections with a comfortable margin.

Mr Pacha has held Ministerial portfolios, including the Ministry for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening and the Ministry for Communication, Aviation and Meteorology.

Prior to entering politics Mr Pacha was the National of the Bible society of the South Pacific.

Meanwhile, sentencing submissions for Gela MP Mark Kemakeza will continue on Wednesday this week.

The MP has been convicted of misusing SBD$280,000 of his constituency's fishing project funds in 2007.

He remains in custody.

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