11 Oct 2005

Nine men set to go on trial for militant's murder in Solomon Islands

1:47 pm on 11 October 2005

In Solomon Islands, the trial of nine men jointly charged with the murder of the former Guadalcanal militant Selwyn Saki, is to open today in the High Court.

They include Honiara lawyer Leslie Kwaiga and former Malaita Eagle Force leaders Moses Su'u, Jimmy Lusibaea and Malcolm Lake.

The others are Benedict Idu, John Ome, David Li'iga, Jackson Olea and David Samo.

Solomons radio reports five of the defendants will be represented by the office of the Public Solicitor, while the other four will be represented by private law firms.

It's alleged that Mr Saki had been abducted, tortured, killed and his body disposed of at Mount Austin in late 2001.

The High Court Judge, Justice Edwin Goldsborough, is hearing the trial which is expected to last for more than a month.