4 Mar 2005

Fiji treason convicts seek to have damages claim struck out

11:29 am on 4 March 2005

Fiji treason convicts George Speight and Timoci Silatolu have appeared in the Suva High Court in an attempt to have claims against them for millions of dollars in damages struck out.

The Fiji Times reports that a total of six writs have been filed by members of the deposed Chaudhry government who were seized at gunpoint and held hostage for 56 days during the coup.

Apart from Speight and Silatolu, the plaintiffs have named the attorney general, the military commander and the police commissioner at the time of the coup, Col Isikia Savua, as defendants.

Justice Gerard Winters will rule next week on Speight and Silatolu's application to strike out the claims.

But Justice Winters has told the two that the government and the military have already been unsuccessful in trying to have the actions struck out.

Justice Winters has set a June date for the hearing of one group of claims while another will be heard in August.