5 Oct 2007

Lawyers in Fiji coup case discuss witness list

2:20 pm on 5 October 2007

Lawyers representing the deposed Fiji prime minister and the interim administration met behind closed doors today to try to agree on the list of witnesses to be called in Laisenia Qarase's legal challenge to the December 5th military takeover.

Radio Legend quotes Mr Qarase's local lawyer, Tevita Fa, as saying the main matter of contention was whether the president's official secretary, Rupeni Naceva, could be called as a witness.

Meanwhile, the case brought by the suspended chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, was also called in the Suva High Court today.

The lawyer representing Mr Fatiaki, Jon Apted, told the court that they have served all the necessary documents and the respondents be given 21 days to respond.

But because there are 14 defendants in the case, Justice Devendra Pathik has given them 28 days to respond and Mr Apted another 14 days after that to file relevant replies.

The defendants in this case include President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, the interim prime minister, the interim attorney general, the acting chief justice and several judges of the High Court and magistrates, as well as a number of office holders