Two petitions contesting last July’s election result in Mitiaro will not be heard by the High Court, paving the way for an upcoming by-election.
I refer to Mr Norman Sander’s letter published in the Cook Islands News on Monday September 8.
It is so disappointing to read in the newspaper, a defence lawyer in a case as serious as the purported rape of a ten year old girl and by someone she knew, to be dismissed as the imagination of a ten year old girl.
After successfully fighting off a petition by Democratic Party candidate Wilkie Rasmussen – Willie John of the Cook Islands Party wants to return to Penrhyn to celebrate with his people and start work on his priority projects for the island.
A local newspaper has drawn the scorn of the High Court after publishing a story questioning whether Chief Justice Thomas Weston has been politically biased during electoral petition proceedings.