HIGH COURT RESERVED DECISION ON PEC AMENDMENT REGULATION

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court has reserved its decision on the legal suit challenging the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) and the Attorney General to prove the validity of the 2015 Parliamentary Entitlements Commission Amendment Regulation.

Closing submissions were heard today after a trial was concluded yesterday before Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer.

The suit was filed by private lawyer Andrew Radclyffe on behalf of claimants Waita Ben Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Hon. Derrick Manu’ari, Tony Hughes and Reverend Mark Graham.

It is challenging the award of tax-free payments to Parliament members and the introduction of life pension for one term MPs.

The amended regulations were awarded in April this year.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the defendants John Sullivan has informed the Chief Justice that the Commission’s 2016 plans depend very much on the outcome of the case.

He says whatever the outcome, it will provide them guidance to go forward.

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