Solomon PM To Appear In Court Over Missing Financial Records

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Reportedly failed to provide documents as Gizo Kolombangara MP

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 2, 2012) – Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is scheduled to appear at the Solomon Islands High Court on Thursday this week.

Member of Gizo ward in Western provincial assembly, Danny Kennedy filed the case against Lilo following his failure to produce evidence of funds he used when became Member of Gizo Kolombangara from 2002-2012.

The funds include the Rural Constituency Development funds, Millennium funds, Micro Projects Livelihood, Tsunami funds and any other public funds.

According to the court document obtained by Solomon Star last night, Kennedy (claimant) said since Lilo (defendant) was elected into Parliament in year 2002, he failed, refused, ignored or omitted to explain or produce proper records with documents to him.

Kennedy said by refusing, omitting or failing to disclose how these public funds were administered, Lilo (defendant) had breached the implied term of the trust by not being accountable and transparent on how he manages and looks after the public funds.

He believes Lilo should be held accountable to the constituency and electorates of Gizo Kolombangara constituency.

"Majority of voters live rural areas of Gizo Kolombangara constituency hence request if the defendant (Lilo) can produce to them the said reports for verification purposes," he said.

Other people helping Kennedy in the case are Moffat Maeta, Jilla Prasad, Isaac Kova, Willie Rizu, Sacklen Lovo, Tannang Baraka, Teitoi Tebounaba, Osia Taasi, Teia Avita, Mtinga Neeti, Kateinang Beneteti, Tekali Kaieti, Henis Ghonis and Dei Sam.

Prime Minister in response claimed Member of Parliament for West Guadalcanal Bodo Detke is behind the move after some disagreements with him (the PM).

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