The Solomon Islands High Court. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands High Court. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court today adjourned an application for final judgement against former Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo for defamation.

In March last year, Lilo was summoned in Court to disclose documents on oath regarding the defamation case but did not turn up.

The Court subsequently filed an order against him stating that any documents he may wish to rely on and intend to tender to Court at trial is ineffectual and cannot be admitted or accepted as evidence.

The Claimant in the case, General Manager of Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited or RIPEL John Whiteside, is seeking a default judgement from the Court for Mr Lilo based on the Court’s order.

The hearing was listed today for a two-hour hearing but Whiteside’s lawyer was late in Court.

Justice Rex Foukona adjourned it to 26th July.

The defamation case Mr Whiteside filed is against the former Prime Minister, the Island Sun Newspaper and four of its journalists over articles the paper published about him in June 2013.

He claimed comments Mr Lilo made in the articles about him defamed his character.

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