23 Nov 2004

Fiji police tightens security at Takiveikata trial

2:58 pm on 23 November 2004

Police in Fiji are screening people arriving to witness the final stages in the trial of a government senator.

Ratu Inoke Takiveikata faces a maximum term of life in prison if found guilty on charges of having a role in the army mutiny in November 2000.

The police spokesman, acting assistant superintendent Kolinio Vunaki, says rolls of barbed wire have been unfurled around the High Court.

"There's only one entrance that we need to provide, for people to move in and move out, and we'll also be able to screen people that are coming in to the courthouse, so that no-one comes in with a plan to pervert the course of justice."

Takiveikata is facing four counts of inciting mutiny and one count of aiding soldiers in an act of mutiny which claimed eight lives and caused more than 30 injuries.