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D-day for Driti

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"THERE was no mutinous act perpetrated" were the words of Pita Driti's lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo when he elaborated on his written mitigating factors yesterday before High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan.

Mr Vosarogo said his client maintained his loyalty to the RFMF commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

He also said Driti, after resigning from the RFMF and his commission on October 24, 2010, had not been able to find employment, although he tried, and had to rely on his wife who is a bank officer as the breadwinner of the family.

When Justice Madigan asked if his client had received any pension, Mr Vosarogo replied, after consulting Driti, that he was a member of the Fiji National Provident Fund and was promised a pension but was still waiting for some form of occupational payment.

DPP lawyer Mosese Korovou also supplied the court with written sentencing submissions and said the State was heavily relying on the sentencing guidelines used in the "Takiveikata case".

Mr Korovou said the State still relied on Ratu Inoke Takiveikata's case although the Crimes Decree reduced the sentence of the charge to 15 years.

"The Takiveikata case can still be used as a useful guideline in appreciating the court's attitude in sentencing the accused," Mr Korovou said.

Ratu Inoke faced inciting a mutiny charge in which he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a fixed non parole period of eight years.

Driti will be sentenced today.