8 Mar 2010

Fiji police consulting over next steps in assassination conspiracy case

4:16 pm on 8 March 2010

The Fiji Police are meeting with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions over its next steps concerning the man accused of leading the group convicted last week of conspiring to kill the interim Prime Minister.

Fiji Village reports police are analysing the High Court judgement and sentencing of the eight men before deciding what steps will be taken.

The group was convicted at the High Court in Suva last week, given prison sentences ranging from three to seven years.

They plan to appeal both the convictions and the sentences.

High Court Judge Justice Paul Madigan, while handing down the jail terms, said he had no doubt the plot was hatched by, orchestrated by, and directed by New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan.

Ballu Khan was initially charged with the other eight but was granted a permanent stay on all proceedings against him on the case.

A spokesperson for the Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni says they are consulting with the DPP on their next course of action.