25 Sep 2002

Eight Fiji soldiers on remand over mutiny role want to be freed

9:06 am on 25 September 2002

Eight Fiji soldiers remanded in prison for their alleged involvement in the November 2000 mutiny are seeking a court order to be relased from detention.

The soldiers, who were part of the disbanded Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit which staged the coup and the mutiny, have been in detention for 22 months.

They are not part of the group that is currently facing court martial charges for their role in the mutiny.

Their lawyer, Sevuloni Valanitabua, has told the Fiji Times they are challenging their detention as unconstitutional and a breach of their rights.

They are seeking a court order that they should be released pending their trial.