22 Jul 2002

Two men accused of treason in connection with the Fiji coup of 2000 go on trial today

9:47 am on 22 July 2002

The trial of two men accused with treason in connection with the Fiji coup of two years ago is due to get underway amid tight security in Suva today.

A former journalist, Joe Nata and a politician ,Timoci Silatolu, each face a single charge of treason containing seven acts ranging from unlawful seizure of the prime minister and his cabinet through to intent to overthrow a lawful government.

They all relate to the coup led by convicted traitor, George Speight, who accompanied a group of special forces soldiers into parliament and seized the country's first ethnic Indian prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhy is expected to be one of the first witnesses to testify.

Nata and Silatolu have pleaded not guilty.