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Risto acquittal pleases minister

Nasik Swami
Saturday, September 29, 2012

THE Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has expressed his satisfaction that Estonian national Risto Harmat was acquitted by the Suva Magistrates Court last Monday.

The baltic-course.com website reported that Mr Paet, in his meeting with Fiji's Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, stated that Mr Harmat's situation was very complicated because the court hearing was continuously being delayed.

Mr Harmat pleaded not guilty to assisting Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara (Roko Ului) escape to Tonga on May 9 last year.

The Suva Magistrates Court acquitted Mr Harmat following a no-case-to-answer submission by his lawyer, Gavin O'Driscoll.

During their meeting, the foreign ministers also discussed co-operation in international organisations, especially in the United Nations.

"We hope that Fiji will support Estonia's candidature to the UN Human Rights Council during the elections taking place in November," Mr Paet said.