6 Nov 2006

Sitiveni Rabuka due in court today on charges related to 2000 mutiny

5:44 am on 6 November 2006

Fiji's former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, and the leader of the country's first coup, is to appear in the High Court today on charges connected to the army mutiny in November 2000.

The military incident followed the coup lead by George Speight in May the same year.

Linda Skates reports from Suva.

"The High Court will rule today on whether Mr Rabuka is to face trial on charges of inciting the army mutiny in which eight soldiers died. The mutiny, which occurred several months after the country's last coup, was aimed at assassinating the army commander, Commodore Bainimarama. Mr Rabuka's lawyers are arguing he should not be put on trial but if their application to strike out the case is overruled, the trial proper is expected to begin on Wednesday. The case is being heard in the former parliamentary buildings in the same chamber where Mr Rabuka marched in and overthrew the government at gunpoint in 1987, triggering the first of the country's three coups."