FIJI’S COALITION GOVERNMENT TO TESTIFY IN TREASON TRIAL

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FIJI’S COALITION GOVERNMENT TO TESTIFY IN TREASON TRIAL

SUVA, Fiji (Radio Australia) - Deposed members of Fiji's overthrown People's Coalition government are scheduled to testify in the resumption of the country's first ever treason trial which started Monday.

Former Parliamentarian, Timoci Silatolu and Public Relations Consultant, Josefa Nata, have been charged with treason for their alleged involvement in the overthrow of deposed Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry's government in May 2000.

Silatolu and Nata are alleged to have helped convicted coup leader, George Speight carry out the coup.

Meanwhile, the trial against a staunch Nationalist, Viliame Savu, in connection with the coup, has also started.

Savu is alleged to have known about the plot to overthrow Chaudhry's government, but did not tell authorities.

Last week, Savu unsuccessfully challenged the validity of treason as an existing criminal law in Fiji.

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