Monday, March 08, 2010

Police DPP to consult on Ballu Khan

Fiji Village - 8 March 2010

The Fiji Police is now analysing the High Court Judgement and sentencing of the eight men convicted of conspiracy to murder Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama before deciding what steps will be taken in relation to businessman Ballu Khan whose name was mentioned in court a number of times during the course of the trial.

High Court Judge Justice Paul Madigan while handing down the prison sentence to the eight men last Friday stated that in the circumstances, he has no doubt that the plot was hatched by, orchestrated by, and directed by Ballu Khan, probably in concert with his business partner, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata.

Ballu Khan was initially charged with the eight men for allegedly conspiring to kill Commodore Bainimarama, however, High Court Judge Justice Andrew Bruce had put a permanent stay on all proceedings against him on the case.

Justice Bruce stated in his ruling that Khan's personal rights and his rights to a legal counsel were breached by the police and the RFMF and that he was unlawfully and unconstitutionally detained for a substantial period of time after his arrests.

Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni told Fijivillage News that they will consult with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on their next course of action.

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Ballu Khan's name was mentioned a number of times in the evidence presented in court which was also highlighted by High Court Judge Justice Paul Madigan during his sum up, judgement and sentencing.

Prosecution witness, Peniasi Kuli's evidence was highlighted where he talked about one of their first meetings with Ratu Inoke Takiveikata and Ballu Khan at Khan's house in 2007 where Ratu Inoke and Khan talked about the assassination plot and said that it was better if Kuli joined their group.

In another meeting at Ratu Inoke's home in Toorak, it was revealed in the Kuli's evidence that Ballu Khan was present with Ratu Inoke, Sivaniolo Naulago and Barbadoes Mills.

Kuli said they discussed the plan to kill the Commander and 'take' the Military Council because they were running the country.

In another meeting it was highlighted by Kuli that his group went to Ballu Khan's house to hear Metuisela Mua speak to them on some parts on how to overtake the government.

A few other meetings also took place at Ballu Khan's house and in Sofitel Nadi, where Khan was also involved, according to Kuli.

Evidence was also heard that prosecution witness, Major Narawa met up with Ballu Khan on a deserted road somewhere.

According to Narawa the meeting was held at Khan's request as he was upset that he had not spoken to Major Narawa when an earlier meeting took place at the Sofitel.

Justice Madigan said to the assessors that details of the meeting between Khan and Narawa were withheld from them because Khan is not here to challenge anything Major Narawa might say about that conversation.

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