20 Jul 2004

Lawyer in Fiji treason trial to be tried on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice

8:17 pm on 20 July 2004

One of the defence lawyers in the current Fiji treason trial is to stand trial himself for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Radio Fiji reports that Abhay Singh has lost his bid to have his case heard in the Magistrate's Court instead of the High Court.

Mr Singh was charged with three counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to get a state witness to either give false evidence or to be unavailable to give evidence in a corruption trial.

Mr Singh first denied the offence in the magistrate's court where state lawyers applied for the matter to be transferred to the High Court because of its seriousness.

Mr Singh appealed against this decision in the High Court and when Justice Nazhat Shameem rejected his case, he went to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

The Appellate Court has now dismissed Mr Singh's appeal.

Radio Fiji says he now faces trial in the Suva High Court and if convicted, could face a jail sentence of up to three years.