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Friday, March 5, 2010

Madigan wades in on Khan

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is reporting more of Justice Paul Madigan's comments about the New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan.

The government-owned radio networks says in sentencing the eight men convicted of plotting to assasinate Frank Bainimarama, Madigan maintains Khan orchestrated the plot.

The FBC says even though Khan was not in court, the judge singled him out for masterminding the plot, "probably in concert, initially, with his business partner, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata."

Justice Madigan is reported as saying the military take-over in December 2006 created a class of dispossessed – people and companies who had great privileges, benefits and influence under the SDL government.
 
He said Ballu Khan was one of these people, and the change of administration saw his and his company’s fortunes wane overnight.

According to the FBC story, Madigan said that with allegations of corrupt behavior, Khan must have been more than anxious to restore his fortunes to their former felicitous state. 

FBC goes on to say: Judge Madigan said it was quite apparent that every one of these accused, apart from Metuisela Mua, was connected in some way to Ballu Khan – whether as a business partner, or an employee in some capacity.

Khan was arrested with the other accused in 2007, but was released following a successful stay application in November 2008.

4 comments:

ex Fiji tourist said...

From the ABC

""VJ Narayan, the news director for Legend FM in Suva, was in court for the sentence and is one of the few Fijian journalists who is prepared to talk to international media.

"Men convicted of conspiring to murder Commodore Frank Bainimarama have all been handed down prison sentences by High Court judge, Justice Paul Madigan, this afternoon," he said.

The men were charged over a 2007 plot to assassinate Commodore Bainimarama. The self-appointed prime minister seized power in December 2006 in a military coup.

During his summing up, the judge found that a ninth man, Ballu Khan, was behind the plot to assassinate the Commodore - that is despite his case not going ahead after he won a stay of proceedings.

"There are a number of times Ballu Khan's... name came up in the course of the trial when evidence was presented in court and also when the verdict was read out," Mr Narayan said.

"The judge said he found the eight men guilty of conspiring with Ballu Khan to murder Commodore Bainimarama."

But Khan says he and the men are innocent.

"The fact that they've been sentenced is tragic for a crime they never committed," he said.

"We know this crime was committed by the military. The criminality belongs to the military, not to these people.

"None of them should be going to jail. They should have never been tried in the first place.

"This is a very sad day, another sad day in the chapter of Fiji's recent history."

Veteran Pacific journalist Michael Field says the details of the assassination attempt were never revealed to the court.

The Fairfax journalist was expelled from Fiji 18 months ago but still monitors the country closely.

"The evidence that was actually offered in court was based on hearsay evidence from two rather low-ranking operatives in the military intelligence service - a corporal and a major - who described going to these various meetings that were said to have occurred," he said.

"Somewhat more astonishing, in court they admitted that at no point had the now convicted plotters actually said that they wanted to assassinate Bainimarama but they had responded to these suggestions from the military spies that they assassinate Bainimarama.

"So this thing overall looks remarkably suspect."

Mr Field says the political situation in Fiji is unstable.

"Basically what's happening is that we have the military seemingly driving the whole agenda in the country and full of this sort of paranoia," he said.

"We have to remember that even today Fiji operates under a state of emergency. There's severe censorship, there's a ban on gatherings and the suggestion that there was a plot to assassinate Bainimarama is just justification for this suffocating military overlord rule of Fiji that goes on."

It is not yet known whether the men will appeal.

A spokesperson from the Fiji government was not prepared to comment to the ABC.

mark manning said...

Was paul Madigan's original and subsequent appointment as a Judge, ever legal under this illegal regime ?

i-Taukei disembowelled said...

Nothing Madigan is doing is legal. He is like Gates, Pryde and the other coup supporters and apologists. The out of control military regime kill, abuse and harass the Fijian population with impunity - the Fiji judicial system is totally corrupted.
These stooges simply have their heads in the trough bleeding Fiji dry!
As usual the UN is asleep!!! Still employing human rights abusing criminals!!!

Anonymous said...

The comments by Madigan, the wannabe Judge shows his lack of experience when he named a person who had been released by the same Court that Madigan represented!

It was unfair for Madigan to comment on the allegations against Ballu Khan without Khan being heard or given the opportunity to defend himself.

Madigan is just a junior lawyer and his recent comments on Ballu Khan showed this. There are legal guidelines which he has contravened blatantly as a Judge with these comments!