24 Nov 2004

Takiveikata found guilty in Fiji mutiny trial

3:41 pm on 24 November 2004

The Suva High Court has found Fiji government senator Ratu Inoke Takiveikata guilty of the inciting and aiding in the November 2000 mutiny.

Justice Anthony Gates found Takiveikata guilty on three counts of inciting mutiny and one count of aiding soldiers in an act of mutiny.

He acquitted Takiveikata on the fourth count of inciting mutiny because of insufficient evidence.

In arriving at his ruling, Justice Gates overturned the verdict of some of the assessors.

Two assessors had found Takiveikata not guilty of any of the five charges against him while all five had found him not guilty of aiding in the mutiny.

Three assessors had found Takiveikata guilty on several counts of inciting the mutiny.

Under Fiji law, High Court judges have the power to overturn the verdict of assessors if they think the assessors have erred.

Takiveikata will be sentenced shortly.