22 Oct 2004

Fiji court martial hears 22 soldiers plead guilty

9:21 am on 22 October 2004

A court martial in Fiji has heard 22 of the 58 Fiji soldiers plead guilty to one of the three charges brought against them in relation to their role in the May 2000 coup.

The 22 have pleaded guilty to a charge of mutiny but they have pleaded not guilty to the other two charges of misprision of treason and wrongful confinement of the Chaudhry government.

The remaining 36 soldiers face all three charges.

The 22 who have pleaded guilty to mutiny will be sentenced next Tuesday.

One of the accused who has refused legal representation offered by the Legal Aid Commission will be sent for psychiatric examination before the court martial takes his plea.