Friday, 12 October 2007 9:55 AM

MPs Acquitted by High Court

Two high profile cases involving Charles Dausabea and Nelson Ne'e, both of whom are Parliamentarians, have been acquitted by the High Court.

The High Court of Solomon Islands had acquitted both Members of Parliament on charges relating to the 2006 April riots.

Mr Ne'e was arrested for alleged intimidation with the intention of causing injury to Mrs Anna Nuaiasi during the riot period. In passing down his judgment late yesterday afternoon, Justice David Cameron said that there is insufficient evidence to charge Mr Ne'e.

In the case of the east Honiara MP, Charles Dausabea, Justice Cameron ruled that the MP is not guilty on the charge of inciting riot at the Parliament house and also not guilty on the charges of inciting a riot to destroy buildings in China town. Mr Dausabea was also found not guilty on the charge of intimidation. Justice Cameron therefore acquitted Mr Dausabea on all charges.

Both Members of Parliament were visibly relieved that the whole ordeal was over. Both also stated that they can now focus on their plans for their respective constituencies.