9 Nov 2010

Solomon Islands Minister denies he asked NPF to stay a court order

11:16 am on 9 November 2010

The Solomon Islands Minister for Finance and Treasury has denied asking the National Provident Fund to stay a court order.

Gordon Darcy Lilo says at no time has he issued any written or verbal directive to the Chairman of the Fund to stay a high court eviction order over the Minister for Fisheries relating to a property at the Ranadi Industrial area.

The SIBC reports Mr Lilo was replying to media allegations by the Deputy Opposition Leader, Mathew Wale, who said Mr Lilo had pressured the National Provident Fund Board Chairman Austin Holmes into offering Jimmy Lusibaea the property.

The Finance Minister told local journalists that the former NPF Board had contemplated and held discussions with Mr Lusibaea looking at the option for offering the property to him, well before he became the Finance Minister.

He says as Finance Minister he has no power to stay orders made by the court.