Sex tape leaked in Fijian plot case

Last updated 01:39 11/04/2008

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A sex tape seized by Fiji police and involving a New Zealand businessman accused of plotting to kill the island's military coup leader has been sent to news organisations.

New Zealand lawyer Peter Williams, QC, who is acting for IT businessman Ballu Khan, said private DVDs seized by police had been given to newspapers.

"It's as low as you can get," Mr Williams said from Suva yesterday. "It is absolutely bottom-of-the-barrel stuff."

The Dominion Post was also offered the DVD, which shows private sexual acts between Mr Khan and his partner, Agnes Bulatiko.

Police found the material on a computer in Mr Khan's home and on a DVD in the bedroom.

Fiji police deny leaking the DVD, which is being held as prosecution evidence.

Mr Khan and others were seized by police and the military near Suva on November 3 last year. He was in hospital for six weeks after he was severely beaten.

He and 16 others were later arrested and charged with conspiring to kill Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and military-appointed Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Khan is on bail but under virtual house arrest in his luxury home in the Muanikau area of Suva.

Mr Williams said he would make a statement on the leaking of evidence when he appeared in the High Court today.

He would ask the court for an investigation.

The DVD was accompanied by a typewritten letter condemning the media for "defending" Mr Khan and called for its release to "as many people as possible".

Mr Khan's local lawyer, Graham Leung, said yesterday the DVD had come with an threatening and racist unsigned letter that he believed was "a pathetic attempt to stop me from doing my job as Ballu Khan's lawyer".

"The naked racism of the letter is sickening. I am proud of my Chinese heritage. It is obviously designed to intimidate me, but it says more about the letter's author.

"There comes a time when a fair trial cannot be achieved and there is a limit to how far people can go with dirty tactics and bottom-of-the-barrel stuff."

A spokeswoman for commissioner Esala Teleni said police had nothing to do with leaking the DVD.

 

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- The Dominion Post

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