Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Judge warns lawyer in conspiracy trial

Fiji Times - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A LAWYER was warned that he might be reported to the Chief Registrar if he withdrew from the trial on the conspiracy to assassinate Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

When the case began at 9.20am yesterday, Justice Paul Madigan ordered that the trial continue and that other witnesses be called to give evidence.

But defense lawyer Iqbal Khan said he would withdraw from the case if the trial continued without the evidence from Major Isireli Narawa. He asked the court to adjourn for five days so that Major Narawa could attend to complete his evidence.

The case was adjourned on Monday after Major Narawa did not show up in court. He had been admitted in hospital.

Justice Madigan said he hoped that Mr Khan was not blackmailing the court by saying that he would withdraw. He said if Mr Khan withdrew, it might take another two years for the case to complete.

He said he might have to report Mr Khan to the Chief Registrar if he was using the threat of withdrawal.

Justice Madigan then adjourned the court to decide on Mr Khan's application to withdraw.

When he returned, Justice Madigan said the application for leave was a tactic to delay the case and the court would not allow it. He refused the application.

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