27 Oct 2004

Speight and Silatolu in court to answer writ of summons

10:40 am on 27 October 2004

Fiji coup front man, George Speight, and fellow treason convict, Timoci Silatolu, have appeared in the High Court in answer to a writ of summons filed by their victims.

Radio Legend reports that writs have been filed by ministers deposed during the coup including the prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry.

They are claiming tens of millions of dollars in compensation for the trauma they underwent during their captivity, including mental and physical suffering, and loss of income by being deprived of office.

The former ministers have also filed writs against the military and the police for not protecting their government.

Justice Gerard Winters has transferred the case from Lautoka High Court, where it was originally filed, to Suva after prison authorities submitted that regular transportation costs for Speight and others would be too high.

Justice Winters has adjourned the case to December the 3rd for mention.