23 Jan 2003

Fiji opposition leader calls for resignation of top official

10:32 am on 23 January 2003

Fiji's opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, is calling for the resignation of the director of public prosecutions for his failure to launch cases against those implicated in the coup.

He says the current treason trial is providing the DPP with a lot of new information but none of it is being pursued.

Mr Beddoes says the lack of willingness by the DPP to prosecute those behind the coup smacks of a gigantic cover-up.

"They have no excuse what so ever, to say that man power is the problem or expertise.. we have enough countries in the Commonwealth, who I'm sure will be prepared to send down expert people to help with the investigation and prosecution. If they don't move, then as far as I'm concerned, they are telling us that they are not capable of doing the job, they either don't have the will, or the resolve to do it, in which case we don't need them there, and we should remove them, and find the people who can do the job."

Fiji opposition leader, Mick Beddoes

The Citizen's Constitutional Forum also says the DPP needs international assistance to help it bring to justice those who planned and funded the coup.