10 Nov 2004

Trial of Fiji government senator hears allegations of his involvement in the 2000 mutiny

7:37 am on 10 November 2004

The Suva High Court has heard fresh evidence of a Fiji government senator, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata's involvement in the November 2000 army mutiny.

Radio Fiji says the evidence was given by a man who knew Takiveikata since childhood, Jale Kadi.

Mr Kadi told the court that Takiveikata wanted the mutiny staged because he did not like the army's treatment of George Speight's rebels when they were evicted from a school managed by Takiveikata.

Mr Kadi said Takiveikata told him and an earlier state witness, Metuisela Turagacati, that another reason he wanted the leadership of the military changed was that he felt left out of the Muanikau Accord.

The Accord was an agreement giving immunity to Speight and his rebels in return for the safe release of the Chaudhry government hostages and the return of all military weapons used in the coup.

Mr Kadi also said that Takiveikata had told the mutineers that the current director of roads, Mosese Nailumu, would arrange for the transport of civilian supporters of the mutiny to the army camp.

But Mr Kadi said that when he inquired at the Public Works Department, he was told no such arrangement had been made.