17 Jun 2011

Marshall Islands judge still to decide whether cabinet minister will go to trial

3:23 pm on 17 June 2011

A decision on whether a Marshall Islands cabinet minister, Kenneth Kedi, will face trial on theft and misconduct in public office charges will not be made by the High Court until after additional written arguments from lawyers.

Judge James Plasman has set next Monday as the deadline for all written closing arguments and replies to be submitted to him so he can decide if there is good cause to proceed with a trial.

Mr Kedi is facing 10 criminal charges ranging from grand larceny to misconduct in public office, alleging that he was improperly reimbursed for office furniture and that he cashed a cheque made out to a local government.

Mr Kedi, the minister for transportation and communications, is the first serving minister to be charged in the High Court.