11 Oct 2007

Lawyers for deposed Fiji leader raise challenges as case over coup re-opens

5:00 pm on 11 October 2007

Lawyers for the deposed Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, sought to introduce new legal arguments when his challenge to the overthrow of his government resumed in open court today.

Radio Legend reports that Mr Qarase's chief lawyer, Nye Parram, sought to question the validity of certain decisions made by President Iloilo and the necessity for an interim government

But Commodore Bainimarama's lawyer, Gerard McCoy, said this was an extraordinary case which would affect the destiny of the nation and added that the good faith of the president is being questioned.

Mr McCoy said Mr Qarase's lawyer had come with no evidence for the with extreme allegations being made.

He said this was the least disciplined and most unstructured case when what's involved is taken into account.

Mr McCoy asked the three presiding judges to narrow the case down and to impose some rigour on proceedings.

The acting chief justice, Anthony Gates, Justice John Byrne and Justice Devendra Pathik will rule on the arguments this afternoon.