Lagea to plea before tribunal

Member for Kagua-Erave James Lagea will make a plea for his leadership tribunal case on July 3.

Lagea indicated this through his lawyer when appearing before the leadership tribunal on Thursday (June 25).

Peter Kuman from Kuman Lawyers told the tribunal that he was instructed by his client to make a plea before them.

He said the leader will be admitting to the charges against him that led to his referral and appointment of a leadership tribunal against him.

Lagea’s allegations relates to his failures to comply with the requirements of section 89(1)(g) of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

It is alleged that he failed to lodge financial returns of the Office of Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates as winning candidates for 2012 General elections.

The Chief Justice on Tuesday (June 23) announced the appointment of leadership tribunal to investigate Lagea.

This comes after the appointment request of the tribunal by the Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin on May 8, 2015.

The matter returns before the tribunal chairman and members on July 3.