27 Nov 2002

Fiji MP says treason trial won't uncover those behind the coup

6:33 pm on 27 November 2002

A senior Labour party MP in Fiji, Poseci Bune, says he doesn't believe that the truth about who was behind the May 2000 coup will be uncovered at the treason trial.

He says the two accused, Josefa Nata and Timoci Silatolu, are likely to maintain silence about key figures who funded the takeover of parliament by front man George Speight and his group.

Mr Bune says despite the naming of former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, and others by the mutinous soldiers, nothing has been done to charge them.

He says Nata and Silatolu will keep quiet like the others.

"I think these two were banking on getting out on a technicality....as far as revealing those who have been behind the coup -no way.....because you know, I think, a lot of people have been paid off by the very business people who funded the coup."

Mr Bune says the government has rammed through a bail bill and work is continuing on a pardon for Speight so even if the two are convicted, it's unlikely they'll be kept in jail for any length of time.