5 Oct 2007

Fiji interim PM not to give evidence in Qarase case

10:54 am on 5 October 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, does not have to appear in court to be questioned in the case brought against him challenging the military takeover last December.

The Fiji Times says this has been clarified outside the court by Laisenia Qarase's local lawyer, Tevita Fa.

Mr Fa says Commodore Bainimarama cannot be called to the witness box because he has not signed any affidavits.

Mr Fa says even though Commodore Bainimarama would be a crucial element in the case against him and the military, no one can touch him on technical grounds.

Meanwhile, the military has tightened security around the Commodore .

The military spokesman, Lt Col Mosese Tikoitoga, is quoted as saying this is because of rumours about bombings they have been hearing ahead of Fiji Day celebrations tomorrow.