17 Oct 2007

Mutineers take military to Fiji court for compensation

6:42 am on 17 October 2007

Three former Fiji soldiers convicted and jailed for their role in the November 2000 army mutiny have filed a claim for compensation against the military.

Radio Legend reports that the soldiers belonged to the Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit which also carried out the May 2000 coup and which was disbanded after the mutiny later that year.

The three who are claiming compensation are former Corporal Barbados Mills, and Privates Beniame Sokoveta and Metuisela Railumu.

The three claim they were beaten up and assaulted by loyal army soldiers three days after the mutiny.

Their defence counsel, Sevuloni Valenitabua, told the Suva High Court the three were court martialled and convicted and have also served their sentences for mutiny.

The men claimed their constitutional rights were breached.

Barbados Mills appeared in court yesterday and described his alleged assault with an object similar to a baseball bat.

The case will resume today before Justice Filimoni Jitoko.