10 Aug 2011

Defamation case against Solomon Islands' PM in court today

9:51 am on 10 August 2011

A hearing will begin in the Solomon's Islands High Court today into the defamation suit against Prime Minister Danny Philip and his former press secretary Alfred Sasako.

The deputy opposition leader Mathew Wale filed the defamation claim this year following the publication of a so called 'intelligence report' which claimed he was involved with RAMSI and Australia to bring down the current Danny Philip-led Government.

The SIBC says the report also said expatriate judges in the High Court were involved in a conspiracy with the Opposition and Australia to unseat members of the ruling Government.

The report came out during the political upheaval in February this year when several Crown Ministers resigned from the Government.