15 Dec 2005

Former Solomons Prime Minister plans legal action over his detention during the 2000 coup

8:29 pm on 15 December 2005

Former Solomon Island Prime Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, has signaled his intent to launch legal action that could affect the current government.

Mr Ulufa'alu was placed under house arrest during the 2000 coup and under local law has until June next year to lodge a complaint.

He says he is surprised that former militants have been charged on other offences but have never been charged with his arrest at gunpoint.

Mr Ulufa'alu has already failed in an attempt to sue over the swearing in of a new government in 2001 but he is confident his new action will be sucessful.

"It will be all about the coup and it is a known evidence that the coup actually took place and I was put under house arrest by none other than militants and elements of the field force so actually it was the Crown that actually put me under house arrest."

Former Solomon Island Prime Minister, and current MP, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu.