2 Nov 2007

Former Solomons PM Kemakeza found guilty over law firm break-in

4:50 pm on 2 November 2007

A court in Solomon Islands has found a former prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, guilty of ordering a 2002 raid on a Honiara law firm to try to scare Australian lawyers out of the country.

He was convicted on charges of demanding money with menace, intimidation and larceny following the attack on the Sol Law office.

Kemakeza is the most high-profile arrest in the country since he invited the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003 to restore law and order.

Kemakeza, who is the deputy speaker of parliament, will remain on bail until sentencing on December 3rd.

Four former members of the Malaita Eagle Force militant group, who earlier pleaded guilty to raiding the premises, are already serving prison terms of up to 30 months.