Riot case returns August 12

BY ROMINAH FAKA

THE interim-mention for part-heard riot case against Sade Kwate’e has been set for August 12-16.

Kwate’e is charged with one count of sedition, two counts of unlawful assembly and one count of arson.

The matter was mentioned at the magistrate court today.

Sade had pleaded not guilty to all counts and a trial began last year.

After prosecution completed its case, defence filed unsuccessfully for a No Case to Answer.

Allegations said on November 24, 2021, Kwate’e led a group of people to protest at the Parliament House for the Prime Minister to step down.

On November 25, he assembled a group of people and procured them to set fire to the Naha Police Station.

Naha Police Station was looted and also set on fire, but fortunately was put out by the Naha Community.

Three days of violence started on November 24, 2021 which saw looting and burning down of business houses and shops.

Around 200 peacekeepers from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea were deployed to Honiara to help restore law and order.

Office of Public Prosecution appears for the Crown and PSO act for the Defence.

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