EIGHT FOUND GUILTY IN FIJI ASSASSINATION PLOT

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High chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata among defendants

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 3, 2010) - Fiji high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata and seven others have been found guilty on charges of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and other senior members of government in 2007.

The unanimous decision was delivered by a five-member team of assessors in the High Court in Suva moments ago.

The verdict came after several hours of closed door deliberations.

The seven along with Ratu Inoke are former Counter Revolutionary Warfare soldiers Feoko Gadikibau, Barbados Mills, Eparama Waqatairewa, Kaminieli Vosavere and Pauliasi Namulo, former Pacific Connex employee Sivaniolo Naulago and Metuisela Mua.

The State alleged that the eight conspired to kill the PM between August 1, 2007 to November 3, 2007 in Suva.

Justice Paul Madigan said he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the eight accused conspired to kill the Prime Minister.

He is expected to sentence them tomorrow morning.

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