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Ratu Inoke Takiveikata appears in Appeals court

April 1, 2019 12:39 pm
Ratu Inoke Takiveikata

Naitasiri High Chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata says he’s unaware of who filed his appeal.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after a retrial for inciting the 2000 mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barrack.

He informed the Appeals Court today that he is not aware of who filed the appeal on his behalf.

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Takiveikata was sentenced to life imprisonment on 4th March 2011 and the High court had fixed a non-parole period for 8-years.

The court had ordered that Takiveikata will only be released from prison after 4th March 2019 which would be on recall to continue serving life imprisonment if he breached any conditions of his release.

71- year- old Takiveikata appeared before Appeal Court Judge William Calanchini this morning.

Takiveikata informed the court that he is not aware who filed his appeals case and doesn’t even know who his lawyer is.

Justice Calanchini than informed him that on 27th January 2017 his leave to appeal against conviction and sentence was allowed and his appeal should have been on the call over the list.

Takiveikata was being represented by Naco Chambers and Takiveikata informed the court that he last spoke to his lawyer in 2017.

Justice Calanchini said that his lawyer is either waiting for his money or had forgotten about him.

The Appeals Court has ordered the registry to send a hearing notice to Naco Chambers.

The matter has been adjourned to 11th April.

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