FIJI JUDGE TO BE APPOINTED TO SOLOMONS BENCH

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 3) – Former Fiji Chief Magistrate Sekove Naqiolevu says he is to be appointed as a judge to the High Court and Court of Appeal in the Solomon Islands.

Mr. Naqiolevu said he and another judge were to be appointed judges on the bench under an Australian arrangement. He said their roles were to deal specifically with trials and with that came delays, like in any other case.

Mr. Naqiolevu joined the [Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands] RAMSI in 2003.

Mr. Naqiolevu said the first phase of the mission was the sustainability of law and order and the second phase was to sustain peace.

He said part of that mission was to help local police bring the country back to its former state before it collapsed to anarchy. Law and order started again from when the mission started in 2003 but there is still a problem of illegal arms.

"These illegal arms were being used to kill and terrorize people. The courts have just sentenced five men to life imprisonment for killing six Anglican priests," he said. "From this month, we will be dealing with high profile cases and I and my fellow judges will be heavily involved in that for the next two years."

Mr. Naqiolevu arrived in the country on Christmas Eve.

January 4, 2006

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