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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Fiji High Court dismissed challenge to 2006 coup
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On October 9, 2008, the Fiji High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup which ousted former prime minister Laisenia Qarase and established the authority of Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The lawsuit was originally brought by Qarase in October 2007. He also made claims of treason against participants in the coup in September 2008. Prior to Qarase's hearing in court, Prime Minister Commodore Voreque Bainimarama suspended the activities of High Court Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki over claims of corruption.

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