SOME CHARGES DISMISSED IN FIJI ASSASSINATION

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Trial continues in alleged plan to kill Bainimarama

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 24, 2010) - Fiji’s High Court today partially acquitted the eight men on trial for an assassination plot to kill Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and certain members of his cabinet.

Justice Paul Madigan dismissed charges of the second and third counts laid against the eight on grounds that the evidence produced by the prosecution was "ambiguous" in relation to the charges of conspiracy to murder.

Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, Feoko Gadekibau, Barbedoes Mills, Metuisela Mua, Sivaniolo Naulago, Eperama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere and Pauliasi Ramulo are now free on charges that they conspired to murder Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Mahendra Chaudhry.

The first count still stands and that is the plan to kill the Army Commander.

First accused Ratu Inoke Takiveikata has opted to give sworn evidence from the witness box as the case on the first count proceeds.

Five local assessors are also presiding over the case, now into its fourth week.

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