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Fiji High Court had no legal evidence to connect him to the failed assasination plot.(Balu)

March 8, 2010

Ballu Khan and his lawyer have denied he had anything to do with the plot to assasinate Frank Banimarama and say he should should not have even been mentioned in the court case against the eight men, who have been found guilty of trying to kill the military leader.

Khan (pictured) told New Zealand media today that it was wrong for Justice Paul Madigan to have linked him to the case yesterday when he found the men guilty.
In delivering the verdict of the five assessors, Justice Madigan said: "I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt each of you conspired with others and Ballu Khan to murder Commodore Bainimarama."

A short time ago, Khan told TV One News the claim was outrageous.

Earlier, he told other media: "We never planned anything, they [the military] came up with the plan and it was like they themselves were planning something. We were the collateral in case something went wrong."

Khan was arrested and severely beaten by authorities two years ago, but won a permanent stay of proceedings against him.

In theory, he cannot be retried, but Fiji courts are working by military decree now and Justice Madigan was appointed under those circumstances.

Justice Madigan accepted evidence from Fiji Military Intelligence that Khan was going to use arms and explosives from New Zealand.

The Fiji High Court was also told the New Zealand High Commission knew of the plot and supported it. The plotting was said to have taken place in Mr Khan’s Suva home, which he denies.

Khan’s New Zealand lawyer, Peter Williams, QC, travelled to Fiji to help secure Khan’s release and bring him back to Auckland. Tonight, he supported Khan’s comment the Fiji High Court had no legal evidence to connect him to the failed assasination plot.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 8, 2010 4:34 PM

    Frank and Co. are using these men to distract the population from more serious matters and to try and get support from the gullible.
    Create havoc, tension and a common enemy, that’s how you get the people behind you.
    Fortunately, we have the internet, Mobile phones, satellite dishes and short wave radio.

  2. kiakaha permalink
    March 8, 2010 11:03 PM

    hear hear!!! i agree with u lastpolarbear..

  3. Wilson Tamanikaira permalink
    March 9, 2010 11:45 AM

    Illegal regimes and their dictators should get used to the idea that ordinary citizens seek to rid their societies of the menace they pose to everyone.Assasination is a common topic around many a grog bowl and coner.This is the risk criminals like Voreqe run when stealing democracry from the people.

    Madigan should really be ashamed of his role in perpetuating a murderous and illegal regime.He should be reminded that he and his fellow regime judges will face the gallows when the people regain their freedoms from the dictator.

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