2 Sep 2004

Fiji government senator denies accusation of planning an uprising

10:25 am on 2 September 2004

A Fiji government senator has strongly denied that he is holding secret meetings to instigate an uprising prior to his trial on serious mutiny related charges next month.

The Daily Post reports the denial has come from Senator Ratu Inoke Takiveikata who is also the paramount chief of Naitasiri province.

Senator Takiveikata is facing charges of conspiracy to incite mutiny, inciting mutiny and aiding soldiers in the act of mutiny in connection with the November 2000 uprising at the army camp in Suva.

It was aimed at assassinating Commodore Bainimarama and freeing George Speight.

The mutiny claimed eight lives and caused more than 30 injuries, including those of some civilians outside the camp.

Senator Takiveikata, who has engaged an Australian lawyer to defend him, says he will abide by the rule of law irrespective of the outcome of his trial.

He says he has spoken to the people of his Naitasiri province and also told them to abide by the rule of law.