6 Nov 2007

Three men to appear in Fiji court on charges including mutiny and conspiracy to murder

10:49 am on 6 November 2007

The three people charged in Fiji with treason, inciting mutiny and five counts each of conspiracy to murder who will appear in court this morning all have previous convictions.

Fiji TV reports that Suva lawyer Akuila Naco has confirmed that his client, the paramount chief of Naitasiri and former government senator, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, is one of those charged.

Fiji TV says the former director of the disbanded Fiji Intelligence Service, Col Metuisela Mua, and a member of the disbanded Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit, Barbados Mills, are the two others charged.

In November 2004 Takiveikata was jailed for life for inciting the November 2000 mutiny which claimed eight lives.

The Fiji Court of Appeal overturned that conviction in June this year and ordered a retrial but the state is appealing that ruling.

Col Mua was jailed in April 2005 on charges of unlawful assembly and consorting with people carrying firearms for his role in the Speight coup.

Barbados Mills has served a sentence for the November 2000 mutiny.

All three will appear in the Suva court today.

The police commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, says they are satisfied that security force operations in the last few days have blocked a threat to the government, to the safety and well being of the people and to tourists.

He says he wants to assure tourists that Fiji is still a safe and friendly destination to visit.