24 Aug 2002

Two alleged kidnappers to sue Fiji government for millions of dollars

7:12 am on 24 August 2002

Two men who were arrested for conspiring to kidnap Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, in January this year are to sue the government for 4 point 5 million US dollars.

The magistrate's court had dismissed the conspiracy charge against former soldier, Anare Waqavonovono, while nationalist, Josia Waqabaca, was convicted on a lesser charge of using threatening language.

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by the director of public prosecutions against the magistrate's ruling and quashed Waqabaca's sentence.

The Fiji Sun says the two men are now suing the government for wrongful confinement, defamation of character, wrongful conviction and family harassment.