Monday, 3 January 2011 8:40 AM

Lusibaea is Covered by Amnesty Act, Says Lawyers

Lawyers for jailed Fisheries Minister, Jimmy Lusibaea, say they will apply for release from Police custody through a Prerogative Mercy Committee under the Amnesty Act.

ANA Legal Services lawyer Charles Ashley says under section four of the Amnesty Act, which provides immunity from prosecution, a person convicted can apply for release through a Prerogative Mercy Committee.

Mr Ashley told SIBC News that the criminal acts committed by the former MP for North Malaita falls within the amnesty period.

Mr Ashley says that the Prerogative Mercy Committee therefore has the power to pardon a convicted person.

Mr Ashley says that another lawyer from Mr Lusibaea's constituency will probably take the matter up before the committee.

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