11 Dec 2013

Five years jail for former Fiji land force commander Driti

4:28 pm on 11 December 2013

Fiji's former land force commander, Pita Driti, has been sentenced to five years jail after being convicted of inciting to mutiny.

FBC News reports that security was tight outside the Suva High Court as a large number of people turned up to hear the sentencing.

Driti's lawyer Filimone Vosarogo had asked the court for a suspended sentence.

But Justice Paul Madigan says this submission was unrealistic, given Driti's offences.

The alleged plan involved cancelling the regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama's passport when he went to Sudan in 2010 and not allow him back into Fiji.

During the trial, the court heard that the alleged plot also aimed to kill the attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, by Christmas 2010.

Driti faced a potential sentence of 15 years.

He must serve four years before he can apply for parole.