Driti and Mara in court
Former Land Force Commander Brigadier General Pita Driti and former 3FIR Commander Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court today charged with uttering seditious comments and inciting to mutiny.
Both men have pleaded not guilty and have been released on $2,000 bail with no surety.
Driti was represented by lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo while Mara was represented by Devanesh Sharma.
The two men appeared before Magistrate Alofa Seruvatu. Ratu Tevita was charged with one count of uttering seditious comments – breaching Section 67 of the Crimes Decree.
Driti was charged with one count each of uttering seditious comments and inciting to mutiny.
The two men have been ordered to surrender their passports and will again appear in court on the 30th of May.
Report by : Maca Lutunauga
Top Fiji Soldiers charged over Plot
Driti charged with inciting Fiji mutiny
Posted at 05:31 on 04 May, 2011 UTC
A former Fiji Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti, has appeared in court charged with inciting mutiny.
Fiji media say no details of the alleged plot have been released.
Brigadier General Driti, who has been on leave since last year, has also been charged with making a seditious comment.
The same charge has been levelled at another former top officer, Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, who also appeared in court in Suva.
The two have pleaded not guilty.
They have ordered to surrender their passports and to reappear in court at the beginning of June.
Both were close associates of the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, when he seized power in a coup in 2006.
When they took leave seven months ago, the Fiji regime denied there were any splits within the top hierarchy, and that assessment was last given two months ago by the Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga.
Commodore Bainimarama is currently in Vietnam.
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