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May 12, 2008

Kaseke apologises to Chief Justice for Ch. 5 remarks

Story PictureToday there was a rare proceeding before the Supreme Court: that of an attorney offering a public apology. This morning counsels Derek Courtenay and Simeon Sampson appeared on behalf of Elson Kaseke to petition the court to accept an apology from the former Solicitor General for statements which appeared on Channel Five last week. Courtenay maintained to the C.J. that Kaseke’s comments were not meant to give offence. Kaseke then spoke on his own behalf, reiterating that he did not intend to cause harm to the Chief Justice or the court. But in accepting Kaseke’s apology, the Chief Justice told the attorney that his words were “uncalled for, unnecessary, intolerable and offensive” and maintained that the former Solicitor General had brought ridicule on “all our heads”. On February sixth, following the failure of a libel suit on behalf of his clients, Ara Macao Resort, Kaseke told us he felt recent court decisions were “suspect” and raised “concern” about the judicial system.

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