31 Oct 2007

Jailed Fiji navy commander applies for leave to appeal against his sentence

7:53 am on 31 October 2007

The former Fiji navy commander jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to manslaughter has applied for leave to appeal against his sentence.

Francis Kean's lawyer, Haroon Ali Shah, has also filed an application for bail pending the hearing of his appeal.

Kean's grounds for appeal are that given his background and good character, he should have been given a suspended sentence, not a custodial one.

The matter will be heard today before a single judge of Appeal Court, Justice John Byrne.

If Kean is granted leave to appeal, the matter will be heard by the full bench of Fiji Court of Appeal some time next year.

The military says it will decide on Kean's future after all legal processes have been completed.