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SOLOMONS’ KEMAKEZA RELEASED FROM JAIL Former prime minister served 6 months for attack on law firm

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star,Jan. 5, 2009) – Convicted former prime minister Sir Allan Kemakeza was lucky to spend New Year’s night celebrations with his family.

He was released from Rove Prison on New Year’s eve after serving his six-month jail term. Sir Allan was jailed for ordering ex-militants to attack Honiara law firm Sol-Law in 2002 when he was prime minister.

He automatically lost his Savo/Russells seat, but parliament recently passed a motion for Sir Allan to retain the seat pending his appeal against the six month jail term.

This means Sir Allan continues to enjoy the privileges of a Member of Parliament. The Court of Appeal is expected to hear his appeal case June this year.

Deputy Commissioner Administration Correctional Services Heinz Konga confirmed to the Solomon Star Sir Allan has served his term.

"I can confirm that Sir Allan has been released because he has finished serving his term in prison," Mr Konga said.

He explained Sir Allan was supposed to be released on New Year’s Day but it is a prison policy that he could not be released on a public holiday so he had to be released a day earlier.

Mr Konga added this policy not only applies to Sir Allan but every prisoner and this had also happened in the past.

Sir Allan, one of the longest serving MPs, is currently in his home village on Savo and could not be reached for comments yesterday.

A close relative said Sir Allan head off straight to his home village after he was released on Wednesday.


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