Trial date fixed on former MP’s case

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COURT has on Thursday set the trial on the case against former MP for Central Makira Constituency Hypolite Taremae for April next year.

Public Prosecutor Dalcy Belapitu told the court that the amended PTC document was already prepared but due to a power blackout yesterday morning, prosecution was not able to print out the amended PTC documents.

Presiding Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi then made directions for prosecution to file the amended PTC and adjourned the next interim mention date on the case as the trial will be conducted next year in April.

Ms Taeburi said she will allocate the whole of April for the trial; since the trial is next year the accused through his defence lawyer will submit application to the court for bail variation to allow him travel to the province.

The case then adjourned to November 29 for interim mention.

This is the case against the former MP who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and a PTC has been set he was arrested for allegation of misappropriation of fund in 2011 and 2013.

The allegation said Mr Taremae has misappropriated more than $200,000 for reafforestation project for Central Makira Constituency.

He was arrested and charged with conversion late in May this year.

Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for crown while Anderson Kesaka is representing the accused.