Trial Begins On November 23

The Supreme Court conference yesterday for Criminal Case No. 20/487 has set a date for trial commencing on November 23, 2020.

This case involves defendants Charlot Salwai, Matai Seremaiah, Jerome Ludvaune and Tomker Nedvunie.

They are appearing before Supreme Court Judge Justice Gustaaf Andrée Wiltens.

In yesterday’s Minutes of the conference, Justice Wiltens noted that the information to which the Defendants pleaded on 1 September 2020 is likely to remain unchanged.

The judge also noted that there are not pre-trials applications presently contemplated.

The trial is estimated to take three weeks.

Minutes of the conference record counsels are to liaise regarding agreed facts/witnesses and to file a statement of any such agreement by the beginning of November 2020.

“The trial will be heard at Dumbea, commencing on 23 November 2020.

“The sitting days will run from 9am to 5pm.

“There will be one-hour breaks for lunch commencing at 12.30pm to 1pm depending on the situation at hand with witnesses.

“There will also be shorter breaks of 15 — 20 minutes for morning tea and afternoon tea,” the Minutes of yesterday’s conference stated.

All witness statements will be translated by the Prosecution team into English for the benefit of other counsels.

An interpreter will be available to assist the witnesses and the Court for the duration of the trial, the minutes signed by Justice Wiltens stated.

Bail conditions continue for all defendants on existing terms until 9am on November 23, 2020.

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