7 May 2002

Fiji soldier seeks legal review of army's decision to decline his resignation

10:25 am on 7 May 2002

The controversial Fiji army officer, Lt Col Filipo Tarakinikini, has started his legal battle against the army.

Radio Fiji reports that the New York-based officer has sought a judicial review of the army commander, Frank Bainimarama's decision not to accept his resignation.

His lawyer, Samuela Matawalu, has filed a writ in the Suva High Court naming Commodre Bainimarama, the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale and President Iloilo as defendants.

The High Court will set a hearing date after receiving responses from the defendants.

The army wants Lt Col Tarakinikini to return to Fiji to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the May 2000 coup and the November mutiny which was aimed at assassinating Commodore Bainimarama