FIJI CHIEF CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH ATTEMPTED MUTINY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 12, 2001 – Radio Australia)---One of Fiji's paramount chiefs on Viti Levu, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, has been charged in connection with last November's attempted mutiny at military headquarters in Suva.

As Radio Australia correspondent Ofa Kaukimoce reports from Suva, the high chief appeared in court yesterday.

"Ratu Inoke Takiveikata denied the charges against him when he appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

"Ratu Inoke is facing a charge of conspiracy to aid soldiers in the act of mutiny.

"He has been released on bail and instructed to report to police on days set out by the court.

"Ratu Inoke is charged along with two other civilians.

"The two civilians have also been released on bail with the same conditions.

"The three will reappear in court on the 28th of this month.

"The Naitasiri high chief was among those instrumental in the signing of the Muanikau Accord following the May 19th civilian coup

"Ofa Kaukimoce, Radio Australia, Suva."

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