1 Jul 2003

Two Fiji soldiers plead guilty to mutiny charges as court martial resumes in Suva

6:03 pm on 1 July 2003

Two of the 25 Fiji soldiers charged with the November 2000 mutiny pleaded guilty when their court martial resumed in Suva.

Manoa Bonafacio and Maikeli Bukasila admitted taking part in a mutiny to overthrow the lawful authority of the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, at the army camp in Suva.

The other 23 accused have pleaded not guilty to mutiny but some of them have pleaded guilty to some charges of criminal intimidation for threatening people with military weapons.

The president of the court martial, Col Matarei Sarasau, asked the defence to once again remind Bonafacio and Bukasila of the full consequences of pleading guilty to mutiny.

The court martial will resume tomorrow when the prosecution will present the summary of facts about the mutiny charge.