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Former warlord accused in 2002 incident

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 14, 2010) - The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita and Fisheries Minister will appear before the High Court later this year for offences he allegedly committed in 2002.

The SIBC reports Jimmy Lusibaea will face charges of attempted murder with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault on a police officer and discharging firearm in a public place.

The charges relate to an incident which took place in September 2002.

[PIR editor’s note: A previous report about Jimmy Rasta Lusibaea states that "Lusibaea was the former leader of the Malaita Eagle Force and was acquitted for the death of two special constables allegedly killed in his yard in January 2002. The report also mentions that Lusibaea is still serving a five-year prison term for a 2000 robbery."]

High Court Registrar, Gavin Withers, confirmed that the case has been listed for a hearing commencing on November 15th.

Mr. Withers says another person will also be facing charges which form part of the same case file.

The registrar says he is not prepared to disclose the identity of the victims in the case.

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