5 Aug 2002

Silatolu treason trial in Fiji again delay

4:09 pm on 5 August 2002

The treason trial of Fiji coup accomplice, Timoci Silatolu, has been adjourned again because he has not been able to secure a lawyer for his defence.

His request to the Legal Aid Commission for assistance was turned down because he did not qualify under the assets criteria laid down.

But the commission offered to advance him 1-thousand-850 US dollars provided it was paid back.

Silatolu claims he needs legal aid because he is in financial difficulties.

Justice Andrew Wilson has adjourned the case until Wednesday when Silatol's financial status will be determined.

The Legal Aid Commission is paying for the defence of Silatolu's fellow coup accomplice, Josefa Nata.