16 May 2008

New bail conditions for Ballu Khan

6:40 pm on 16 May 2008

The lawyer for Fiji businessman Ballu Khan says he is frustrated a judge refused to hear anything substantive on the case in a bail hearing today.

Mr Khan is charged with conspiring to kill Fiji's interim prime minister and other leading politicians.

In today's hearing his bail conditions were changed, meaning he can now meet with his co-accused, and his curfew and reporting conditions are relaxed.

Peter Williams QC says that is satisfactory, but he's disappointed the judge wouldn't go into the merits or demerits of the case.

"In a bail matter, it is open to the court to look to see whether there's a weak case or whether there's a good defence, that's quite normal. But this judge, he wouldn't hear any of that at all. So, we weren't given the right of audience as fas as that aspect of the case was concerned."

Peter Williams says the case will get another hearing, as there is an application in for a stay on the grounds of abuse of process.