2 Aug 2004

Ousted Solomons leader loses appeal

3:33 pm on 2 August 2004

A panel of judges in Solomon Islands has thrown out an appeal by the former prime minister, who claimed that his resignation at gunpoint, was a violation of his constitutional rights.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports Bartholomew Ulufa'alu was appealing against a High Court decision in 2001.

The High Court then dismissed Mr Ulufa'alu's application for redress of his constitutional rights which he claimed were violated during the events of June 2000 coup.

Mr Ulufa'alu was forced to resign by armed members of the former Malaita Eagle Force.

Today the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision that Mr Ulufa'alu couldn't seek redress using a section of the constitution.

A spokesman says Mr Ulufa'alu is in Australia and not immediately available for comment.