6 Mar 2004

Fiji coup convict loses appeal against treason conviction

8:08 am on 6 March 2004

Fiji coup convict, Josefa Nata, has lost an appeal against his conviction for treason.

Radio Fiji says Nata had applied for constitutional redress on the grounfds that he was subjected to discrimination, assault, torture and degrading treatment.

Later he dropped the torture and degrading treatment allegations against the military saying he forgave them.

But he persisted with allegations of discrimination against the director of public prosecutions, saying he did not get a fair trial.

State lawyers submitted that Nata's application was an abuse of the court process.

High Court judge, Nazhat Shameem, struck out Nata's appeal, saying he had failed to provde any evidence to support his claim.