13 Aug 2007

Solomons' Opposition leader facing more charges

6:45 pm on 13 August 2007

Solomon Islands prosecutors have added further charges against the opposition leader, Fred Fono.

Mr Fono is accused of allegedly attempting to bribe a government minister to join the opposition.

The office of the director of public prosecutions this morning amended charges against the politician as the magistratess court lifted a week old name suppression order.

Mr Fono now faces a misconduct in office charge on top of a conspiracy to commit unlawful purpose.

A political supporter of Mr Fono, Wislon Mamae, faces the same set of charges, while a Honiara businessman, Mathew Wale, faces a conspiracy charge.