11 Jan 2005

Fiji court expected to rule today on senator's bail application

11:12 am on 11 January 2005

The Fiji Court of Appeal is expected to rule today on a jailed government senator's application to be released on bail.

Ratu Inoke Takiveikata was jailed for life late last year after he was found guilty of inciting the November 2000 mutiny which claimed eight lives.

Radio Fiji reports that Takiveikata is appealing against his conviction on the grounds that the trial judge was biased in his handling of the case.

His lawyers are alleging that several months before the trial Justice Anthony Gates had told a Suva couple that he would "put Takiveikata away."

The appealwill be heard later this year, but the President of the court, Justice Gordon Ward, will rule on the bail application today.

Meanwhile, Takiveikata retains his Senate seat and salary from Suva prison.