9 Nov 2006

Former Fiji PM Rabuka to stand trial on mutiny charge

3:27 pm on 9 November 2006

Fiji's former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, is to face trial on charges of inciting mutiny.

The mutiny at the army barracks in November 2000 was aimed at assassinating the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and left eight soldiers dead.

Linda Skates reports.

"Mr Rabuka, who staged the country's first two coups in 1987, is to face trial on two charges of inciting mutiny after the High Court turned down his application to have the case thrown out. The reasons for the decision to go ahead with the trial were embargoed by the judge, Gerard Winter. The prosecution's key witness, Lieutenant Colonel Viliame Seruvakula, who says Mr Rabuka twice incited him to commit mutiny in 2000, has now arrived back in the country. He is expected to be the first witness to give evidence when the trial opens tomorrow."