Thursday, December 20, 2007

Kill plot group released on bail

Sai's Comment:
Is anyone at all surprised at this? Not me for one, and I know many others, who knew all along that the charges were all trumped up, in desperation on the part of the illegal regime to cling on to power. Their time will come when Fijians will simply get fed up and will do them away. All they have is the support of the military which itself has been bereft of credible leadership for the last few years.

My Solution:

  • reduce the size of the military and weapons held by them. The problem has been that Fiji Governments over the years have regarded its Military as a revenue source from peacekeeping duties. Otherwise, there is no credible public policy rationale to have one of the current size as there are no significant enemies for Fiji. After all there is a Police force to maintain law and order and can be resourced, with weapons if need be, to deal with any threat to the state.
  • If Fiji does not want to lose out on peacekeeping revenues, as part of a Pacific Forum long term solution, why not NZ and Australia provide the base for peacekeeping training and sites to store the weapons for the Fiji military. The key is to avoid a fully armed and idle Fiji military such that it begins to mistakenly believe it has a role in the governance of the country.
Regrettably, this current mindset in the Fiji Military will take a long term to eradicate, and only through a total revamp of its leadership and culture.

Qaranivalu gets bail, remains hospitalised
20 DEC 2007- www.fijilive.com
Naitasiri high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata was granted $1000 bail by the magistrate’s court in Suva today.

Ratu Inoke faces mutiny and conspiracy to murder charges. He was allegedly part of a plot to assassinate interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and some members of his interim Cabinet.

He has been told to report to the nearest Police Station on Fridays and Mondays anytime between 6am to 7pm.

Ratu Inoke was also asked to give up his travel documents and not to communicate with any of the other accused on trial.

His lawyer Akuila Naco said Ratu Inoke came to court today just to formalise the results and will remain admitted at the Suva Private Hospital until the outcome of his final results.

“He will be a patient until they finalise the results of his outcome”, Naco said.

The matter has been fixed to January 21 for mention.

The other 10 men also accused of the kill plot were released on bail yesterday. They are Jone Baledrokadroka, Peceli Rinakama, Sivaniolo Naulago, Metuisela Mua, Feoko Gadekibau, Barbados Mills, Eparama Waqatairewa, Isireli Cakau, Kaminieli Vosavere and Pauliasi Namulo.

19 DEC 2007
The 10 men accused of plotting to kill Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and key members of his Cabinet have been released on bail.

They have been ordered to comply with strict bail conditions including surrendering all travel documents and reporting to the nearest police station.

They have also been ordered not to make contact with each other and their curfew runs from 8am-6pm.

The men are former Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit (CRW) soldiers Barbados Mills, Isireli Cakau, Pauliasi Namulo, Eparama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere and Feoko Gadekibau; former Fiji Intelligence Unit Director, Metuisela Mua, Pacific Connex marketing manager, Sivaniolo Naulago former Land Force Commander, Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka and former member of Parliament Peceli Rinakama.

They all entered a not guilty plea today.

Naitasiri high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata is still admitted at the Suva Private Hospital.

The charges of inciting mutiny were dropped from all the counts following an application by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

The accused are now charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder.

Suva lawyer Akuila Naco, who represents Rinakama and Ratu Inoke, says the men were released so they could spend Christmas with their families.

Suva Magistrate John Semisi has ordered the prosecution to supply all disclosures including witnesses’ statements by this Friday.

The case has been adjourned to January 21 next year.

Ratu Inoke to be released soon
19 DEC 2007
Naitasiri paramount chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, who is accused of plotting to assassinate the interim Prime Minister, may be released from hospital tomorrow.

His lawyer Akuila Naco told Fijilive Ratu Inoke’s condition has improved.

There will be another surgery carried out on his foot and he is expected to be released either tomorrow or Friday, Naco said.

“We will bring him to court once he’s released so his charges can be renewed as well,” Naco said.

His accomplices Barbados Mills, Isireli Cakau, Pauliasi Namulo, Eparama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere, Feoko Gadekibau, former Fiji Intelligence Unit Director, Metuisela Mua, Pacific Connex marketing manager, Sivaniolo Naulago former Land Force Commander, Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka and former member of Parliament Peceli Rinakama have been released on bail.

The charges of inciting mutiny were dropped from all the counts following an application by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution today.

The accused are now charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder.



The accused in the Suva Magistrates Court
Kill Plot Suspects Out on Bail - www.fijivillage.com - 19 December 2007
The men allegedly involved in the plot to assassinate the Interim Prime Minister and others have been released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.

The state has dropped the charge of inciting mutiny against all the accused after considering all the evidence and reviewed the charge.

One of the accused, Peceli Rinakama, has been discharged from all the counts and is a free man now following a review of the evidence by the prosecution.

The remaining ten accused will now face three counts of conspiracy to murder Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Nine accused, Jone Baledrokadroka, Feoko Gadekibau, Barbadoes Mills, Sivaniolo Naulago, Metuisela Mua, Eparama Waqatairewa, Isireli Cakau, Kameli Vosavere and Pauliasi Namulo who appeared in court today, pleaded not guilty to the three counts of conspiracy to murder.

All of the nine accused have been released on $1000 bail each and ordered not to communicate with each other. They have also been told by Magistrate John Semisi to provide their addresses and not to change them. A curfew will be in place for them from 7pm to 6am and they have been ordered not to interfere with witnesses and to surrender all their passports.

Magistrate Semisi has also ordered one of the accused, Naitasiri High Chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata to be brought to court as soon as he is discharged from hospital as the amended charge of conspiracy to murder has to be read to him.

It has been confirmed that Ratu Inoke is expected to appear in court by the end of this week after he is discharged from hospital.

The case has been adjourned to the 21st of next month for mention.

Rinakama a free man

Thursday, December 20, 2007 - www.fijitimes.com

THE State has withdrawn all charges against a former parliamentarian accused of attempting to assassinate interim Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Wilisoni Kurisaqila made an application for nolle prosequi against Peceli Rinakama.

Magistrate John Semisi allowed this and Rinakama was discharged.

Rinakama's lawyer, Akuila Naco, said they had expected the discharge.

Nine others implicated in the alleged plot were released on bail after the Director of Public Prosecutions charged them each with three counts of conspiracy to murder. The men were earlier charged with five counts each of conspiracy to murder and one count each of inciting to mutiny.

The men released on bail include former Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit soldiers Barbados Mills, Isireli Cakau, Pauliasi Namulo, Eparama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere and Feoko Gadekibau.

Others released were Fiji Intelligence Unit Metuisela Mua, Pacific Connex marketing manager, Sivaniolo Naulago and former Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka. Namulo faces charges relating to conspiracy to murder only.

Magistrate John Semisi released the men on $1000 bail, with the same amount of surety.

Under their bail conditions they must not have contact with each other or interfere with State witnesses. They were ordered not to change their addresses without informing the court or the DPP's office. They have also been placed on curfew between 6pm and 7am daily. Mr Kurisaqila informed the court that he wished to withdraw the charge of inciting mutiny and conspiracy to murder charges against all the men.

This was allowed by Mr Semisi. All nine men denied the charges read out in court yesterday.

The last suspect in the case is Naitasiri paramount chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata who is admitted at Suva Private Hospital. Ratu Inoke is expected to appear in court today or tomorrow.

I'm sorry, Nata says

ROBERT MATAU - www.fijitimes.com
Thursday, December 20, 2007

JAILED coup instigator Josefa Nata yesterday shook hands and sought forgiveness from the man who he and a number of other civilians kept hostage for 56 days in parliament seven years ago.

Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry was on a tour of the Naboro Medium complex yesterday on the invitation of Commissioner of Prisons Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua when he was approached by Nata, a former journalist serving a life sentence for his part in the coup of 2000.

"I know this may be hard but I would like to apologise to you for any wrongs I may have done to you or your family during those times," he said.

Clad in prison clothes and barefoot, he made the approach as he sought forgiveness from Mr Chaudhry.

Nata, a former publisher and qualified journalist, was jailed in 2003 for life for his part in that coup and has to spend seven years from that date before he can be considered for release. He may qualify for early release in 2010 two years from now.

Nata was George Speight's media advisor during the uprising led by the latter and supported by members of an elite unit of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 2000. Mr Chaudhry was in a happy mood when he spoke to Nata but did not reveal what he told Nata as he left the Medium complex. Efforts to get comments from him plus faxed questions sent to him later proved futile.

Brigadier Naivalurua said: "Nata asked me that if the minister did make the tour of the prison if he could personally apologise to him.

"I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for Joe as this was part of his own rehabilitation to seek forgiveness from someone he believes he has wronged and I believe he will now be a better person," he said.


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