5 Feb 2005

Fiji government senator serving life term back in court

7:09 am on 5 February 2005

A Fiji government senator serving a life sentence in prison for inciting the November 2000 army mutiny has appeared back in court.

Ratu Inoke Takiveikata has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunk driving.

The charge relates to an incident in September last year when a vehicle the senator was driving late at night went off a road in teh centre of Suva and plunged into the harbour.

Takiveikata only survived because he was rescued by two witnesses and taken to hospital where he spent several days recovering.

The magistrate has adjourned the case to the 17th of February when a trial date will be set.