Law of Treason
WHEREAS the law of treason in Solomon Islands is the common law offence of treason inherited from the common law of England.
AND WHEREAS there is a need to reassess the suitability of the law of treason in view of the changing needs of Solomon Islands.
NOW THEREFORE in exercise of the powers conferred by section 5(1) of the Law Reform Commission Act, 1994, I, OLIVER ZAPO, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs hereby refer to the Law Reform Commission the following –
To enquire and report to me on –
- The review of the law of treason in Part VII of the Penal Code in view of the changing needs of Solomon Islands.
- Recommend changes in the law of treason to reflect the needs as the case may be.
Dated at Honiara this 30th day of May 1995.
Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs
NB: Explanation: The law of treason is about overthrowing the Head of State or the Government by force. Our law of treason represents the common law position of England which may be unsuitable for the current needs of Solomon Islands. It is therefore necessary to reassess the suitability of this law in Solomon Islands.