The third defendant and former member of parliament of Tanna, Thomas Laken insisted in court yesterday that he did not signed the letter of request of pardoning. He told the court that maybe he signed it but he can not remember.
He also insisted if the court can show him the document to verify his signature because he could not recall that he signed it.
Mr Laken said that he was at Eton when he received a phone call from Gregory Takau to go at the ministry of public utilities. He told the court that when he arrived at the ministry, there were lawyers with papers on the table of the minister but he could not recall if signed a document at that time.
Mr Laken said that if he signed a letter of request, he expected that pardoning could be performed by the Head of State when he return to the country.
Mr Laken was challenged by the judge when he asked him why he did not tell Marcelino Pepite after the press conference at the parliament house that he disagreed with his decision to pardon him.