1 Feb 2003

Solomons opposition politician to pursue defamation claim

10:25 am on 1 February 2003

A Solomon Islands opposition politician, Alfred Sasako, has written to the high court after it threw out a defamation case he had taken against the prime minister and the People Fastaem Network.

The court ruled that in part because of Mr Sasako's absence from the proceedings the case was to be abandoned.

At issue is a claim that Mr Sasako had a role in a mission sent to Guadalcanal's weathercoast which left several people dead.

Mr Sasako says he was not advised of a date for the case and he now says the ruling appears to give the lawbreakers the licence to do as they please.

"It is my name that I want to clear. What the High Court has done is basically, in my view anyway, it is adding to the legitimacy of false and untruth that the prime minister and the PFN have been alleging in what they've been saying and that's been reported widely."