23 Feb 2011

Cabinet meeting delays Solomons trial of Mark Kemakeza

1:37 pm on 23 February 2011

The Solomon Islands Mining Minister Mark Kemakeza had his trial adjourned yesterday afternoon so he could attend a Cabinet meeting.

The Solomon Star reports this was after the fourth prosecution witness, Minister of Finance, Gordon Darcy Lilo gave his evidence in court.

The MP is facing two counts of conversion, two counts of official corruption and one count of abuse office.

It was alleged he used public funds worth 100,000 US dollars which had been allocated for a fishing project in his constituency in 2007

In his evidence, Mr Lilo confirmed seeing the applications made by those who applied for the fishing micro project.

He also confirmed Mr Kemakeza attended a special Caucus meeting about it.

But Mr Lilo said he could not remember, but believed the MP did say something at the meeting.

He said the meeting was about numerous complaints about money for government funded projects for various ministries.