3 Dec 2010

Former Solomons minister Lusibaea to appeal jail term

4:12 pm on 3 December 2010

The solicitor for a former Solomon Islands Fisheries Minister Jimmy Lusibaea is lodging an appeal against the severity of his sentence for assault charges.

The former militia leader was sentenced to two years and nine months earlier this week, after pleading guilty to counts of unlawfully wounding another person and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duties during the ethnic tensions.

Robert Cavanagh, from the Public Solicitor's office, which is representing Mr Lusibaea says he is lodging an appeal with the Court of the Appeal.

He is also filing an application for bail with the High Court.

Mr Cavanagh says he is unsure when the appeal will be heard, but Mr Lusibaea remains a member of parliament until it is.