22 Nov 2007

Fiji's interim PM says Ballu Khan is pretending to be seriously injured

10:06 am on 22 November 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister says the New Zealand suspect in the alleged assassination plot, Ballu Khan, is pretending to be seriously sick and injured because he does not want to be questioned by police and remanded in custody.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told Radio Legend that independent doctors have already recommended that Mr Khan is not carrying any serious injuries and does not need any surgery.

Based on the report, Commodore Bainimarama says Ballu Khan will not be allowed to leave for New Zealand for medical treatment as he does not have any injuries that require overseas treatment.

He says Ballu Khan is faking it so he can be sent to New Zealand and run away for good, but this is not going to happen.

Commodore Bainimarama says Ballu Khan is just scared that he is going to end up in prison.

Mr Khan's New Zealand lawyer, Peter Williams QC, says he understands their application to transfer his client to New Zealand has been declined.

Meanwhile, Ballu Khan's legal team yesterday afternoon withdrew their court case filed against the police commissioner for alleged assault and wrongful confinement of their client.

No reason for the withdrawal has been given.