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Naitasiri Chief’s Withdrawal of Appeal Granted by Justice

TALEBULA KATE Suva The Court of Appeal yesterday granted the withdrawal of the appeal of Naitasiri paramount chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata. Ratu Inoke was convicted and sentenced in 2010 with
25 Jul 2014 08:28

TALEBULA KATE
Suva

The Court of Appeal yesterday granted the withdrawal of the appeal of Naitasiri paramount chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata.
Ratu Inoke was convicted and sentenced in 2010 with seven other men for conspiracy to murder Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Resident Justice of Appeal Justice Suresh Chandra in his ruling said the appellant made an application for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence on July 21.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Ratu Inoke then informed the learned judge that he wanted to withdraw his appeal.
“The appellant confirmed his intention to abandon his appeal by notice in a letter dated 21 July 2014,” Justice Chandra said.
He said the appellant confirmed to the court that he still wanted to abandon his appeal and his application had been made voluntarily.
Justice Chandra said the appellant stated that he understood the consequences if his application was granted. Under the circumstances the application to abandon the appeal against conviction was granted and the appeal dismissed by Justice Chandra and Justice Daniel Goundar.
Meanwhile, one of the seven men who were convicted with Ratu Inoke was also granted his withdrawal of appeal by the Court of Appeal.
Barbados Mills who was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years for the same charge earlier had his appeal dismissed as well.
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