1 Feb 2011

Solomon Islands Parole Board considers itself equal to a court of law - leading lawyer

8:20 pm on 1 February 2011

The President of of the Solomon Islands Bar Assocation has described the Parole Board decision to release an MP shortly after he was refused bail as an attack on the judiciary.

Rodney Kingmele used his address in the High Court at the start of the new legal year to comment on the the release of Jimmy Lusibaea just a month and a half into two year nine month sentence.

Mr Kingmele says the Board seems to see itself as equal to a court of law:

"They've basically come along, the Parole Board has come along, and said we disagree with the High Court's sentence and we think this gentleman should get out after a month and a half in jail."

The Parole Board has defended its decision saying it followed the law when it recommended the release of Mr Lusibaea to the police minister.

Mr Lusibaea pleaded guilty to shooting a hospitalised man in both knees and hitting a police officer over the head.