17 Jan 2003

Fiji's CCF calls for mutiny charges to be laid against three chiefs

4:27 pm on 17 January 2003

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji has called for the prosecution of three traditional chiefs implicated in the army mutiny at Labasa barracks at the height of the May 2000 coup.

The executive director of the Forum, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says police must prosecute Ratu Josefa Dimuri, Ratu Viliame Rorabokola, and the high chief od Labasa, Ratu Jioji Ritova.

The court martial of the 56 Fiji soldiers involved in that mutiny was told this week that the three were the first to enter the military barracks and brief the rebel soldiers after they had taken it over.

The chiefs thanked the soldiers for their actions, adding that what they had done was the right thing and that they were soldiers of the people.

In a letter to the acting police commissioner, Moses Driver, the Reverend Yabaki says the prosecution of the mutinous soldiers will not be complete withoiut bringing to justice the chiefs who were the alleged perpatrators of the mutiny.