FIJI POLICE KEEP CLOSE EYE ON KIWI SUSPECT

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 31) – Fiji police will remain on guard outside the entrance of Ballu Khan's Suva Private Hospital room.

State lawyer Sharvada Sharma told the High Court that police will remain stationed outside Khan's room, reasoning there being an emergency exit beside his room, which posed a danger of him escaping.

Khan's lawyer, Australian Peter Williams QC earlier today requested that police presence be removed from outside Khan's ward as he had not yet been charged.

Sharma said Khan was alleged for a serious crime and remained a major suspect in the alleged assassination plot against the interim Prime Minister and some senior military officers.

He added police had a duty to investigate whether or not Ballu Khan was involved.

Williams opposed saying it was illegal and inhumane to take the man in for re-interrogation for another 48 hours after his discharge as it would undermine all the work done by the medical authority.

He said this would result in Khan being thrown in a "filthy cell".

Justice Jocelyn Scutt has asked the State to file an affidavit and submissions by January 7.

The case has been adjourned for hearing on January 8.

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