21 Jan 2008

New Zealand murder plot accused Khan back in Fiji hospital

2:34 pm on 21 January 2008

A New Zealand man accused of plotting to kill Fiji's interim prime minister and two key cabinet ministers has been re-admitted to a private Suva hospital.

Earlier this month, Ballu Khan was released from the hospital where he was recovering from injuries suffered during his arrest last November.

Mr Khan has been charged with conspiracy to murder the interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama and two cabinet ministers.

Mr Khan's lawyer, Peter Williams QC, says his client had to seek medical care again.

"Mr Khan has been re-admitted to hospital, because he was in terrible pain, particularily in his lower back and his abdomen. He was re-admitted so that he can have strong painkillers and also so that the doctors can try to find the cause for these pains he gets. These are obviously related to the thrashings he had at the hands of the military."

Peter Williams says Mr Khan will stay in hospital for at least several days.