In such a high profile trial such as this where our assessments are that public opinion is undivided, our only access to the going's on of the blow-by-blow accounts are now shut down.
The learned judge is not doing himself nor already tainted views of the independence of the judiciary any favours.
Perhaps we should be realistic and be prepared for judicial activism in action as an outcome.
More power to the Rabaka Family during this time.
Media stopped from covering proceedings
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
High court Justice Daniel Gounder has told journalists in the Lautoka High Court that they should not report anything of this morning’s court proceedings in the alleged murder of Sakiusa Rabaka.
When the trial began journalists were allowed in to listen to the morning proceedings and were also allowed to make notes.
However before the morning break, Justice Gounder ruled that the media should not report anything on this mornings proceedings until he makes a ruling.
A police officer and eight military officers are facing a charge of murder and assault.
All have pleaded not guilty.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation