Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:56 PM

Kemakeza Case Goes Before the Courts

Today, at the magistrate court, was the much awaited trial of former Prime Minister, Sir Allen Kemakeza.

Mr Kemakeza was alleged to have ordered militants during the peak of the ethnic tension to attack a local law firm - Sol-Law. Sir Allen was charged with various charges ranging from liaison, intimidation, robbery and the demanding of money with menace.

Mr Kemakeza has, through his defence attorney, Presley Watts, pleaded not guilty to all the accusations made against him.

One of the witnesses present today was Moses Su'u, currently an inmate at the Rove prison. Mr Su'u is currently serving time in jail with charges connected to the raid on Sol-Law in 2002.

Moses Su'u stated that he was present when Sir Allen had the meeting concerning the raid as he was one of the bodyguards assigned to the former Prime Minister. Mr Su'u mentioned that the former Prime Minister was quite disappointed with the company (Sol-Law).

Mr Su'u said that Mr Kemakeza was not happy with the way in which Sol-Law was getting involved in his government's political issues. The former Prime Minister also said that Sol-law was also very involved in the selling of the national bank of Solomon Islands shares to Hawaii.

Mr. Su'u said that Sir Allen, therefore, instructed them to raid the Sol-law company and that if anything happened to them, "they should leave it to him".

Also present at the witness box today was the former commander of the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF), Mr. Jimmy Luisabea Rasta, who is currently remanded in rove prison.

He said that Sir Allen told him and some other ex-militants to raid the Sol-Law Company. Mr. Luisabea went on to say that Sir Allen told them not to kill them "but only to intimidate them, take their vehicles and demand money from them so that they will leave the country."

The case continues with more witnesses expected to testify against the former Prime Minister.