12 Apr 2005

Trial of former militants in Solomons hears from third prosecution witness

8:14 am on 12 April 2005

The High Court trial in Solomon Islands over the death of a man in prison resumes this morning with the cross examination of the third prosecution witness.

Samani Ramo was shot and killed in custody in 2000 after being arrested as a suspect in the burning of a building in Honiara.

The former members of the militia group, Malaita Eagle Force, Patterson Saeni and Eddie Iro'ota, are facing a charge of murder, and Jimmy Lusibaea, or Rasta, as he's known, is charged with assault.

In court, the witness, Moses Apo, said he'd been in a speed boat that had travelled to Malaita to escort back to Honiara, the suspects in the burning of the building.

He told the court those in the boat had been drinking alcohol since they left Honiara.

Mr Apo also revealed they stopped the Malaita Province passenger vessel, Ramos Two, that was on its way to Honiara, from which a man joined them.