4 Mar 2010

Sentencing of Fiji men convicted of plotting assassination now likely tomorrow

2:39 pm on 4 March 2010

The mitigation hearing of the men found guilty of a plot to assassinate Fiji's interim prime minister has been underway since this morning.

The Fiji High Court found eight men guilty yesterday of attempting to assassinate Commodore Frank Bainimarama between August and November 2007.

Among those convicted are the high chief of Naitasiri, a former director of the Fiji Intelligence Service and five former soldiers in the Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit.

They had earlier been acquitted of plotting to kill two other leaders, the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and the former finance minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

The case had also initially involved New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan, who later won a stay of proceedings in the case.

Justice Paul Madigan says the mitigation hearing will continue all afternoon and the sentencing is likely to take place tomorrow.