28 Feb 2011

Fiji chief Takiveikata to face fresh mutiny trial

1:00 pm on 28 February 2011

The Fiji high court has decided that the Naitasiri High Chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, has a case to answer in relation to the 2000 mutiny.

Fijivillage reports the High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar as saying there is sufficient evidence against Takiveikata for the case to go ahead.

Takiveikata is charged with one count of inciting mutiny by knowingly inciting Captain Shane Stevens and Sergeant Manoa Bonafasio to unlawfully take over the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

The rebellion was aimed at assassinating the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

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

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