High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar, however, rejected the application saying he was given ample time to seek the assistance of a Queen’s Counsel, since the case was adjourned last November and that the alleged offence took place almost 10 years ago.
Lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo made the application before Justice Goundar saying that Ratu Inoke wants a Queen’s Counsel to represent him.
Justice Goundar also highlighted Ratu Inoke needs to be assisted by a senior counsel because of the seriousness of the charge.
The matter was stood down to the afternoon where Justice Goundar informed the Legal Aid Commission about the assistance that could be provided to Ratu Inoke.
Prosecutor David Toganivalu said they are ready to proceed with the case and a number of their witnesses were are in court.
Ratu Inoke is being re-tried after the Fiji Court of Appeal found the present illegal Chief Justice Anthony Gates, who presided at the original trial, had come to the Bench to send the Naitasiri high chief to prison - Gates had told a French couple, the Brodies, at a cocktail party during the trial, that he was going to put the Chief behind bars.
We wonder why Ratu Inoke can't be given more time when Goundar's illegal masters (the regime's salary is being paid after all by the illegal attorney-general Sayed Khaiyum's aunty, so they are calling the tune) say they won't be holding elections until 2014. And that is a big IF.
In any case, we believe it is Goundar who should be in the dock, accepting a treasonous post of a High court judge, and not Ratu Inoke, who is being persecuted for standing up for the Fijian race.