16 Oct 2007

Ousted Fiji PM disappointed at delay in hearing coup case

1:01 pm on 16 October 2007

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he is disappointed that the legal challenge over the ousting of his government will not be heard until next year.

Lawyers for the two sides have failed to agree on the issues to be decided by the court and the list of witnesses to be called.

They will now meet again at the end of January and the case is set to be heard in early March next year.

But Mr Qarase says the delay won't diminish the importance of the case:

"The outcome of this case is important as there are many, many other cases against the state and against the military that are being filed or will be filed with the court. A lot of those are expecting the outcome of this court case to either strengthen or weaken their particular cases."

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.