FIJI RED CROSS MURDER SUSPECT REFUSES LEGAL AID

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By Matelita Ragogo

SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 10, 2001 Fiji Times)---A former associate of John Scott appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering Scott and his partner, Gregory Scrivener.

Apete Kaisau, 23, appeared before Magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku.

Kaisau did not enter a plea but confirmed he had refused legal representation.

Kaisau appeared edgy, his eyes remained closed throughout the proceedings, he grit his teeth and clenched his fists behind his back.

Asked if he had refused legal representation, Kaisau, whose association with Scott began when he was in high school, said: "That is correct.''

Police Commissioner Isikia Savua said Kaisau had intense hatred for the Red Cross director.

"Their (Scott/Kaisau) liaison began when he was still a student. We believe he had intense hatred for the way they exploited, not only him, but others in Fiji to fulfill their desires,'' Mr. Savua said at a press conference before the trial.

"And he did not like the way they were treating these young children.

"A group of police officers are looking at other aspects of the case, questioning young men in their 20s.

"We have enough evidence to lay murder charges but there are other aspects to do with exploiting young people.

"Mr. Savua said police found more substance at the crime scene.

A carton of photographs believed to be pornographic in nature is being reviewed by detectives for identification purposes.

State lawyer Wili Kurisaqila asked the court for a mention date as investigations were continuing.

"We are awaiting forensic and psychiatric evaluation results. A mention day two weeks from now would be advisable to enable us to get this matter sorted out,'' Mr. Kurisaqila said.

A friend of Kaisau said yesterday the man admitted the killing to some of his friends later, several hours after he had showered and changed at a Tamavua home.

His friend said they had thought Kaisau was joking.

The source said because of Kaisau's drug-use history, his confession was taken lightly.

"But it was eating him. He became fidgety. He kept asking what was happening to the investigations. He then asked one of his relatives to inform the police because he was feeling sorry for the other suspects,'' the source said.

"He attended a church service that Sunday afternoon. What made his friends think again was on Wednesday, he came back for a pair of canvas (shoes) he had given a cousin.''

The source said Kaisau had, several years ago, beaten up a younger male cousin because: "His cousin was acting like a girl.''

Kaisau's court case has been adjourned to July 20.

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