10 Nov 2008

Fiji Times case adjourned until December

11:42 am on 10 November 2008

A Fiji court has adjourned a case against the Fiji Times until next month.

Fiji's interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has taken senior management staff of the Fiji Times to court over a letter that was in contempt of court.

The letter was published by the paper after the high court validated the 2006 military coup.

Our correspondent, Matelita Ragogo reports.

"Justice Thomas Hickie has adjourned the case to December 4th, basically the Fiji Times is going to have to come back for mitigation. They are not denying the charge, and they made reference to the apology that was already published on November 5th. The solicitor General, Christopher Pryde came into court this morning and said that they were not happy with the apology, they considered it self-serving. What they had suggested the apology look like was not reflected in what was actually published."