23 Aug 2005

Trial of Solomons intervention force police begins

6:22 am on 23 August 2005

The trial of the head of intervention force police has begun in the High Court of Solomon Islands.

John Kwakwala Makasi, claims that participating police force officers violated his constitutional rights when they took him in for questioning, in relation to the death of the Australian policeman, Adam Dunning in December last year.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports Mr Makasi is challenging the manner in which he was taken for questioning.

The respondents in the claim are the PPF Commander and the Attorney General.

The plaintiff is expected to call five witnesses, including Mr Makasi whilst the defence had earlier indicated it would call 17 witnesses.

The hearing is before Justice Francis Mwanesalua.