8 Feb 2003

Prosecution says documents seized from home of Josefa Nata prove his links to May 2000 coup

9:36 am on 8 February 2003

The treason trial of Fiji coup accomplice, Josefa Nata has been shown documents seized from his home detailing his close involvement in the May 2000 crisis.

The documents include nine press releases issued on behalf of George Speight's failed administration with Nata's phone number given at the bottom of each for further information.

Another document showed the list of ministers in Speight's administration in which Nata was listed as the minister for information and media relations.

Nata denied ever issuing press releases for Speight or being in his administration.

Another document listed Nata as special advisor to his co-accused in the treason trial, Timoci Silatolu, who was the prime minister in Speight's administration.

The state prosecutor also produced telephone records showing calls between Nata and Speight in the early hours of the morning the coup took place.

Nata is denying having spoken with Speight any time before the coup.

The trial has been adjourned for a week.