Monday, 22 October 2007 12:02 PM

Trial of Former PM Continues

The trial of former Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, on allegations made against him by a local law firm Sol-Law, continued this morning at the magistrates' court.

Two high profile witnesses brought in by the crown prosecution took to the stand today. Former Malaita eagles force deputy spokesperson, Leslie Kwaiga, and John Fogau, who both recently had their cases acquitted, were alleged to have been present at the time Kemakeza gave the orders to ransack the Sol-Law office.

Surprisingly both witnesses gave conflicting version of events when asked by the prosecutor in court today.

"I live next door to Kemakeza's sister and Sir Allan Kemakeza is a close friend of mine and I often visit him at his residence, he never mentioned anything concerning Sol-Law to me," say Mr. Fogau.

Mr Fogau also mentioned that, in his written statement to the police, he was told what to write by those involved in the Sol-Law break in and it was not from him.

Mr Kwaiga also said that he never heard of the plan to raid Sol-Law at any time during his conversations with Sir Allan. "All we talked about was a way to get to the Isatabu freedom fighter leader, Harold Keke, for the peace agreement," said Kwaiga.

Kwaiga also stated that during the alleged meeting that took place between Sir Allan and other former militants, no orders were given to raid Sol-Law. "When we met with Sir Allen at his residence I never heard him mention Sol-Law. We met with Sir Allan, because his government wanted our point of view on how best to go about the peace process" Kwaiga said.

The court adjourned with a possible court ruling tomorrow.

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