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Security tight in Driti case

Mere Naleba
Thursday, December 12, 2013

ABOUT 20 police officers were present in court yesterday as members of the public gathered for Pita Driti's sentencing.

Apart from guarding the two main entry points to the Government Buildings in Suva, some of the police officers resorted to checking the bags of people who entered the courtroom.

In passing sentence yesterday afternoon High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan said "it is a matter of surprise and sadness that at your age and with your illustrious career behind you that you should come to be involved in this seditious undertaking".

Driti, 53, was convicted of one count of inciting to mutiny.

Justice Madigan said Driti did not show remorse during the trial, although his lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo placed remorseful as one of his mitigating factors.

"Your counsel tells me that you are most remorseful for what occurred," Justice Madigan said.

"That may well be the case now that you have been convicted but I saw little evidence of remorse from you during the trial."

Justice Madigan took a starting point of six years imprisonment, added four years for the aggravating factors and deducted five years for the mitigating factors.

Driti was sentenced to five years in jail with a parole period of four years.