7 Sep 2008

Fiji court asked to dismiss conspiracy case

6:03 am on 7 September 2008

A New Zealand citizen accused of plotting to kill Fiji interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has asked a judge to have the charges against him dismissed.

Businessman Ballu Khan, who was born in Fiji, was arrested last November and faces three counts of conspiracy to kill.

His lawyer, Peter Williams QC, is in Fiji for hearings to have the charges struck out and is accusing Fijian state officials of malpractice.

He says the mainly military officials have failed to disclose key documents to Mr Khan and are guilty of criminal assault.

Mr Williams says it will be the equivalent of an acquittal if the charges are dropped.

He says the judge in the case has indicated that unless the state can produce missing evidential documents, the case will be struck out.