9 Oct 2003

Solomon Islands warlord Keke back in court

4:36 pm on 9 October 2003

Solomon Islands warlord Harold Keke has been back in court appears in court today to set a date for a preliminary inquiry into one of the charges he faces.

Keke has been charged with the murder of a cabinet minister and other offences.

The court clerk to the Central Magistrate's Court, Jimmy Hanahono, says the preliminary inquiry will assess the attempted murder charge against Keke.

He says the inquiry is needed to move the case to the High Court.

"In this case, the matter cannot be tried in the magistrate's court. Usually it is tried in the high court under law. Before the case can be transferred to the high court this should be a preliminary inquiry in the magistrate's court."