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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sir Allan Kemakeza sentenced to two months imprisonment

The Central Magistrates Court in Honiara has sentenced former Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza to two months imprisonment and ordered to pay seven-thousand-500 dollars for three counts he was convicted of today.

Magistrate Chris Vaas last month found Sir Allan guilty of demanding money with menace, intimidation and larceny.

In his decision this morning Mr Vaas sentenced Sir Allan five months each for the three offences, but the time to be serve concurrently.

Magistrate Vaas said this mean that Sir Allan is to serve a total of five months only.

However, the Magistrate said in view of the defendant's outstanding service to the nation, both before and since the commission of the offences, pursuant to Section 44 of the Penal Code he ordered that Sir Allan be released after serving two months of the sentence.

Magistrate Vaas said the balance of the sentence, namely three months, be suspended for a period of 12 months.

He also allow three months for Sir Allan to pay the fines totaling seven-thousand-500 dollars. In default of payment, three months imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Sir Allan is out on one-thousand's bail pending an appeal by his lawyer against the Court decision which found the former Prime Minister guilty of the charges.

Source: SIBC

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