31 Jan 2007

Lawyer for man charged with plotting to kill Solomons PM says allegations are "crazy"

10:38 am on 31 January 2007

An Australian man arrested and charged with conspriring to commit murder and conspiring to commit a felony against Solomon Islands Prime Minister Mannaseh Sogavare has described the charges as "crazy"

Lawyer Patrick Lavery representing the accused, said the prosecution evidence was nothing more than drunken conversation".

Mr Lavery confirmed that Bill Johnson had been living in the country since 1989 and is married to a Malaitan woman.

Magistrate William Seneka remanded Johnson in custody until next Tuesday, when the court will hear a bail application.

Prosecutors had earlier applied for the man to be remanded in custody for two weeks, due to the serious nature of the alleged crimes and fears he might flee or interfere with further investigations.

The court was told that other people named in statements obtained by police were yet to be located.