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Keku failed to appear in court over water theft

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 3, 2010) – A magistrate yesterday ordered the prosecution to execute the warrant of arrest issued for Northwest Guadalcanal candidate Charles Keku and others.

The order was made after Keku and co-accused Peter Pukuvati and John Tupe failed to turn up again yesterday in court.

Their lawyer Maelyn Bird of Crystal Lawyers was also unable to attend court due to illness.

The trio previously failed to attend court and a warrant of arrest was issued.

The matter has been previously fixed for trial on August 16 to 20.

Presiding Magistrate Emma Garo yesterday gave orders to the prosecutor in charge to execute the warrant.

Keku, Peter Pukuvati and John Tupe are each charged with count of interference with works and one count of illegal diversion of water.

The trio was alleged to have willfully interfered with works under control of SIWA in December last year at Kongulai water source.

It was further alleged that they wrongfully diverted water from the authority’s dam.

This was after their request to advance $17 million from SIWA in land rental was turned down.

The matter was adjourned to August 9 for mention and for confirmation of the trial date.

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