Judgment resumes after bomb threat
Acting Chief Justice Anthony Gates has resumed reading the High Court ruling on the case brought by deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase on the legality of the 2006 takeover. The ruling was adjourned for a short period after a bomb threat. Our reporters at the scene say a policeman brought a note to acting Chief Justice Anthony Gates while he was reading the judgment.
Police officers quickly cleared the courtroom while officers from the Nasinu-based Police Ready Action Force are also at the scene.
Qarase and members of his multi-party Government have asked the court to make several declarations, including the legality or otherwise of his December 5, 2006, ousting by the military and other ensuing events such as the appointment of the interim regime. It is understood that several legal actions, either before the court or yet to be filed, are waiting on the High Court decision today.
“This is a very important case. All the people are waiting for it,” said Qarase. More to follow.