4 Dec 2008

Fiji Times contempt judgment on notice

7:10 pm on 4 December 2008

The Fiji High Court will deliver its judgment on notice in the case of the Fiji Times publisher and editor who have admitted to contempt of court.

The editor-in-chief Netani Rika and the publisher Rex Gardner have admitted guilt and published admissions of contempt of court for publishing a letter to the editor from a person said to be residing in Australia.

The letter was critical of the High Court's validation of the 2006 military coup.

The interim regime wants the court to jail the two for six months and impose a fine of more than half a million US dollars.

The Solicitor-General, Christopher Pryde, has told the court that a very strong message needs to be sent that contempt of court is a very serious matter.

The court is still to rule in another case brought against the Daily Post.