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Court requests A-G, HRC to attend next release hearing

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE High Court in Suva has ordered that a letter be written to the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Fiji Human Rights Commission for their presence during the next hearing of Apete Kaisau — the man accused of killing Fiji Red Cross director John Scott and his partner in 2001.

The case was called again before Judge Justice Salesi Temo yesterday for the State to respond to an application by the defence — the Legal Aid Commision — that a committal warrant by the President on Kaisau be discharged.

Kaisau was ordered to be detained indefinitely at St Giles Hospital after being found innocent of murder by reason of insanity.

Legal Aid Director Sunil Sharma told the court the case was simple and the situation straight forward.

Assistant DPP Michael Delaney told Justice Salesi Temo they needed more time to respond to this application.

Justice Temo ordered that the court registry write a letter to the A-G's Chambers and the Human Rights Commission seeking their assistance in having a counsel to be part of the proceedings and to also assist the court on outstanding issues.

Mr Sharma had earlier informed the court their application was in view of the Mental Health Decree of 2010.

The case has been adjourned to July 8 to allow time for the State to respond to the application.

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