20 Jul 2004

Prosecution ends its case in treason trial of Fiji's vice presedent

8:12 am on 20 July 2004

The prosecution has closed its case in the treason trial of Fiji's vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, and five others.

Radio Fiji reports that this was after the prosecution reduced the number of witnesses it had planned to call from 27 to 10.

The final witness was police Superintendent Waisea Tabakau who interviewed all six accused.

On trial are Seniloli, the deputy Speaker of parliament Ratu Rakuita Vakalabure, the sports minister, Isireli Leweniqila, the former Chaudhry government MPs Viliame Volavola and Peceli Rinakama, and the nationalist, Viliame Savu.

The court has adjourned till Monday when the defence will open its case.

The trial is expected to be complete a few days later .

If found guilty, the accused could face a maximum of life imprisonment.