21 Nov 2002

Fiji court orders arrest of three Korovou rebels

5:33 pm on 21 November 2002

A magistrate's court in Fiji has ordered the arrest of three rebels who were allegedly involved in the takeover of Korovou town at the height of the civil insurrection after the May 2000 coup.

The three are part of a group of 15 people charged with several offences in the takeover of the twon in the coup front man George Speight's home province of Tailevu.

They face charges of going armed in public, detaining soldiers, police officers and public servants, and erecting roadblocks,as well as assaults, violent robberies and larceny.

All the accused charged with the offences, which occurred under the leadership of Speight's cousin Varenivo Tiko, have pleaded not guilty and have asked for some of the charges to be dropped through a letter to the state prosecutor.

The magistrate ordered the arrest of three of them after they failed to turn up in court.