The two policers officers charged with mutiny after allegedly trying to remove Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni (below) from office are to appear in the Suva Magistrates court again on Monday for a bail hearing.
The Fiji Village reported yesterday that Tuidravu and Kolinio both pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been remanded in custody.
Yesterday's proceedings focused on whether there was evidence to keep the men in custody and refuse them bail.
Director Police Operations SSP Waisea Tabakau said the police were concerned that the matter is still under investigation and “there’s a likelihood they will interfere with other police witnesses”.
Kolinio's lawyer Mehboob Raza said there was no tangible evidence at this point in time and his client was entitled to bail. “If lacking evidence, why lay charges now?” asked Raza.
According to Tabakau, the police taskforce team has interviewed 80 witnesses and 30 suspects apart from the two accused.
Magistrate Kaweendra Nayankara adjourned the case saying a decision will be made next week.
He also suppressed information relating to parts of the case from being made public.-Fiji Village, Fiji Live.
Footnote: Radio New Zealand is quoting police spokeswoman, Ema Dimila, as saying police are still investigating whether any other officers were involved. “We have reasons to believe that other people, some other people would be involved in this. We don’t think that only two would be enough to carry out what’s been alleged against the two men. So we suppose there are other people involved or could have colluded with the two and so investigations are continuing until that time comes or the charges are laid on other people that we can mention names."