8th December, 2003
Solomon Islands: Mother remanded on lesbian charge
From correspondents in Honiara
A woman in the Solomon Islands has been refused bail after appearing in court on Monday on a lesbian charge, in a case being monitored by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR). Magistrate Jefferson Leua said the offence was a serious one and the middle-aged, divorced mother would be remanded in custody to ensure there was no interference with witnesses.
The woman faces one charge of committing an indecent practice, having sex with a person of the same gender. The head of the UNHCR’s Honiara Office, Ashley Wickham, said the case would be followed closely. "We should be trying to comply with international standards, and clearly some things have been happening here that do not," Wickham said.
12 March, 2004
Solomon Islands court remands woman charged with homosexual act
The Solomon Islands Magistrates Court has remanded a woman who has been charged with homosexual activity. The accused was remanded in police custody for the third time because the alleged victim failed to appear in court again. The court heard from the victim’s lawyer that her family was not happy with the crowds that gathered outside the court house to see the parties involved in the case. The woman charged is to reappear on March 24th.