Fiji media are reporting local police are looking at the stay of proceedings that was granted to Ballu Khan.
Madigan said in his sentencing that he had no doubt the plot was “hatched by, orchestrated by, and directed by Mr Khan, probably in concert with his business partner, the first accused Naitasiri paramount chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata”.
The writing was on the wall then for Khan, who told New Zealand media Madigan's comments were bizarre, reminding everyone he'd been cleared of any wrongdoing.
He must've known Fiji police would try to have a go at him. His lawyer, Peter Williams, QC, would've picked up very quickly on that, too, so there was sense in talking to the media. Publicity served Khan well in 2007, when he was beaten and put under curfew by the military regime. It didn't go unnoticed, that much was made of him being a "New Zealander". Great protection, otherwise he would've gone the way of the Guilty Eight.
Khan was charged with the eight men but was acquitted in 2008 by Justice Andrew Bruce on the grounds his rights were breached by Police and Military officers when he was detained for a substantial period of time after his arrest in November 2007. Justice Bruce also put a permanent stay on all proceedings against Khan.
Khan was ably represented by New Zealand lawyer, Williams, who whisked him back to safety in Auckland. Khan has wisely stayed out of Fiji since.
The Police Commissioner, Esala Teleni, is being quoted today as saying he would have to consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions to see if pursuing Khan was legally possible.
Picture credit: Khan arriving back at Auckland International Airport in November 2008. NZPA