9 Mar 2005

Keke trial in Solomons enters final phase

4:36 pm on 9 March 2005

The murder trial in the Solomon Islands of former militant leader Harold Keke is in its final stages with a verdict from the judge possible later this week.

Keke is accused or murdering Cabinet Minister Father Augustine Geve in August 2002 with Ronnie Cawa and Francis Lela.

The prosecution completed its summing up yesterday, and the defence has been doing its summing up today.

Our correspondent in Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, says the defence summing up is expected to end later today.

"The defence is today doing its summing up as we speak. And I think from what we had coming out of the courts over the last week, the presiding judge has indicated he will be handing down his verdict maybe in a few days' time. He says he will only give indications after he has spoken to registrar at the high court."

Dorothy Wickham.