Solomon Islands PM To Sue Newspaper, Social Media Group

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Lilo slams ‘defamation’ of character, coerced compensation

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 8, 2013) – Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on Sunday said his legal team will today file a legal suit against The Solomon Star and Facebook group Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII).

In a press conference yesterday, Mr. Lilo said his legal team will today file in the high court a legal suit against the two parties for defamation of character.

"I have to resort to such a measure to seek the protection of the law to protect my rights and that of my family. I also reserve my rights to lay a complaint to the police for criminal libel."

He urged the media to respect the legal process and should not discuss the matter.

"Since the matter will now be brought before the court by tomorrow I urge the media to respect the legal process and to recognize that any matters relating to compensation, including allegations connected to that issue, will be sub-judice, meaning that they are before the courts and should not be discussed in the media as further discussion may prejudice the parties in the legal proceedings."

The Prime Minister also appealed to people not to capitalize on custom to extort money from other people.

"It is also important that I also wish to underscore that I don’t want anyone to use our custom to extort money from other people."

Meanwhile FSII welcomed the PM’s legal challenge.

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