Thursday, March 04, 2010

Five assessors find 8 guilty

Timoci Vula

Fiji Times - Thursday, March 04, 2010

EIGHT men were yesterday declared guilty as charged for conspiring to kill Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Five assessors hearing the conspiracy case in the High Court returned with the unanimous guilty opinion after more than three hours of deliberation.

At 4.30pm yesterday, High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan delivered his judgement, agreeing with assessors' unanimous decision as he handed down a guilty verdict for all eight accused persons.

The eight men are Naitasiri chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, former Counter Revolutionary Warfare soldiers Feoko Gadekibau, Barbados Mills, Eparama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere and Pauliasi Namulo, former Fiji Intelligence Service director Colonel Metuisela Mua and former Pacific Connex employee Sivaniolo Naulago.

Justice Madigan said all accused persons had been unanimously found guilty by the five assessors. "I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt each of you conspired with others and Ballu Khan to murder Commodore Bainimarama," he said.

"I convict each of you of the felony to conspiracy to commit murder."

The eight are charged with conspiracy to murder Commodore Bainimarama between August 1 and November 3 in 2007.

Defence counsels Mehboob Raza, Iqbal Khan and Akuila Naco will deliver their mitigating factors on behalf of their clients when the case resumes at 10am. Justice Madigan delivers his sentencing today.

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