20 Sep 2010

Fresh trial begins in Fiji in 2000 mutiny case

10:22 am on 20 September 2010

A fresh trial begins this morning in Fiji for the man charged with inciting the 2000 mutiny which aimed to kill the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The new trial comes after the Fiji high court on Friday declared a mistrial in the mutiny case brought against the Naitasiri High Chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata.

According to Fiji Village, the defence lawyer made a submission that one of the three assessors was a former soldier.

As a result, the judge declared a mistrial and order a fresh trial to start today.

Takiveikata had been given a life sentence for the mutiny but in early 2007 the appeal court quashed the ruling and he was released from prison after serving 31 months.

Last March, Takiveikata was jailed again when he was given a seven year prison sentence for plotting to kill Commodore Bainimarama in late 2007.