1 Aug 2003

Fiji govt senator to apply for cancellation of arrest warrant

11:49 am on 1 August 2003

A Fiji government senator and vice president of the ruling SDL party will appear before the Suva magistrate's court today to apply for a cancellation of the order for his arrest.

Radio Fiji reports that the warrant for Ratu Inoke Takiveikata's arrest was issued yesterday when he failed to appear to answer charges related to the November 2000 mutiny.

His lawyer, Kitione Vuetaki, is quoted as saying there was a misunderstanding about the accused's next court appearance.

Takiveikati is charged with four counts of incitement to mutiny, one count of conspiring to commit mutiny and one count of aiding soldiers in the act of mutiny.

He faces a maximim penalty of life imprisonment if found guilty.

The mutiny resulted in eight deaths and was aimed at assassinating the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and freeing George Speight.

Some soldiers involved in the mutiny have already been sentenced while the court martial of others is still under way.