5 Oct 2007

Lawyers for deposed Fiji PM may seek to have interim PM give evidence in court case

10:59 am on 5 October 2007

A lawyer representing the deposed Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has told the Suva High Court that he may push for the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, to appear in the witness box to give evidence.

Radio Legend reports that Nye Perram QC said this is because only Commodore Bainimarama can tell the court why he overthrew the elected government.

The lawyer said Commodore Bainimarama had already indicated through his counsel that he would not come to give evidence and would not allow himself to be cross-examined.

Mr Parram said the Commander claims it was necessary to overthrow the government but does not consider it necessary to come forward and give evidence on the matter.

He said many issues of national importance facing the court could be laid to rest if he were to take the stand.

Mr Parram said they believe Mr Qarase is still the prime minister of Fiji because he was not removed legally.

The acting chief justice, Anthony Gates, Justice John Byrne and Justice Devendra Pathik are presiding over the case.