Thursday, 29 April 2010 1:49 PM

Sue Me, Says Sasako

Veteran journalist Alfred Sasako says he welcomes plans by the Director of Public Prosecution, Ronald Bei Talasasa to take him and others to court for criminal libel and defamation of character.

Mr Sasako has authored a number of newspaper articles which were critical of the DPP's handling of a 2006 fatal hit and run accident near the Fishing village in east Honiara.

In his articles, Mr Sasako claims to have cited evidence to show poor police investigation and the DPP's inability had allowed real driver of the vehicle that was involved in the accident Carol Edwards to walk free.

He instead asserted that the person who was arrested and convicted for the accident - on a charge of dangerous driving causing death - Lyn Baura was not even a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

She only served six months of a 12 month imprisonment sentence.

The DPP repeatedly defended his office's handling of the case, saying the right person was convicted following her own admission to the crime.

Mr Talasasa confirms making plans to take Mr Sasako, a Robison Harvey and the Editor of Solomon Star to court for criminal libel.

But speaking to SIBC News before boarding his flight to Brisbane this afternoon, Mr Sasako says he has the evidence to defend himself in court.

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