SPORADIC POWER CUTS COULD DISRUPT LIVE BROADCAST OF FIJI COURT CASE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Sporadic power cuts in Fiji's capital Suva, could disrupt the proposed nationwide broadcast of today's historic court of appeal ruling.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that the military-installed interim government will find out in a few hours whether it has a legal legitimacy or not.

"Schools are opened and shops are trading but there's a heavy security presence on the streets.

"It's not only the impending court ruling that's causing apprehension though, there's a cyclone bearing down on Fiji from Vanuatu.

"Fiji television and radio stations have been granted permission to broadcast the court of appeal ruling to the nation. But they were intermittent power disruptions this morning to the main government buildings where the Court of Appeal is located.

"Fiji's electricity authority blames the sporadic losses of power on a cable fault.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia, Suva"

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