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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Former Solomon's PM jailed for 6 months and looses parliamentary seat

The High Court of Solomon Islands sentenced former Prime minister and the current Minister for Forests, Sir Allan Kemakeza to six months in prison yesterday.

In his judgement, Chief Justice, Justice Albert Palmer upheld the prosecutor's appeal to increase Sir Allan's sentence and ordered that his sentence be with immediate effect.

Justice Palmer sentenced Sir Allan Kemakeza to six months imprisonment for a 2002 attack on a Honiara law firm.

Sir Allan had been convicted last December of using militants to carry out the attack.

Justice Palmer has sentenced Sir Allan to 18 months imprisonment for demanding with menaces, 16 months for intimidation and 16 months for simple larceny.

However, Justice Palmer said all the sentences are to run concurrent to each other and so total length of sentence imposed is 18 months imprisonment.

The Chief Justice further ordered that two thirds of that sentence be suspended for a period of 12 months and accordingly, Sir Allan will serve only SIX months with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, there's been signs of confusion and sadness from members of Parliament after the sentencing of a former Prime minister, the Minister for Forestry and MP for Savo Russells, Sir Allan Kemakeza.

Sir Allan has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment of which 12 has been suspended by the chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer.

On learning of the sentence some MPs commented that although Parliament has been created to pass laws, there are no legislation to protect them.

Others have commented over the various actions and deeds Sir Allan took during the darkest hours of the country's history.

Prime Minister Derek Sikua was unable to make any comments on the sentence until further discussions.

It was reported that a suggestion has been made to the Office of the Prime minister to look at ways in which certain legislation could be put in place to protect members of Parliament or amendments to the constitution.

The sentencing of Sir Allan left four seats vacant in Parliament.

They are: Lau-Mbaelelea on Malaita, East Honiara, Central Guadalcanal and now the Savo and Russells.

The Lau-Mbaelelea seat is vacant following the death of the former MP for the constituency last year.

The other three seats are vacant because the Courts have sentenced their MPs to prison for various offenses.

Source: SIBC

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