24 Feb 2010

Eight Fiji men acquitted in alleged high-profile murder trial

5:18 pm on 24 February 2010

Eight men have been acquitted of charges of conspiring to kill Fiji's interim attorney general and former finance minister in 2007.

Justice Paul Madigan has made the ruling in the High Court in Suva, but a charge of conspiracy to murder the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, still stands.

The judge says he has acquitted the men including, a high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, because there is no evidence that they conspired to kill Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Mahendra Chaudhry.

Judge Madigan referred to evidence from a state witness Lance Coporal Peniasi Kuli who said their names were not mentioned during the first meeting where the assassination plot was discussed, and were only mentioned once in a subsequent meeting.