2 Mar 2011

Fiji assessors find Takiveikata guilty in mutiny case

2:27 pm on 2 March 2011

The assessors in the Fiji trial of the Naitasiri high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata have found him guilty of inciting mutiny in 2000.

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

FBC New reports that the assessors delivered their guilty verdict before a packed court room this morning.

Earlier, the judge Justice Daniel Goundar gave a summary of the case to the assessors.

Justice Goundar will deliver his verdict thsi afternoon.

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.