22 Jan 2004

Fiji court martial adjourned

9:08 am on 22 January 2004

A Fiji court martial of a second group of soldiers charged with the November 2000 mutiny which resumed after four months, has again been forced to adjourn.

When the court assembled, one accused was seriously sick, another was recovering from appendicitis and one of the defence lawyers, Kelemedi Bulewa, was receiving medical treatment overseas and asked for an adjournment until July.

The president of the court martial rejected the request and adjourned the trial until Tuesday.

The soldiers are facing charges of taking part in a mutiny which was aimed at assassinating the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama and freeing George Speight.

Eight people died in the mutiny.