19 Dec 2002

Senior Fiji police support legal action against former Commissioner Isikia Savua

11:20 am on 19 December 2002

A group of senior Fiji police officers backed by a Suva lawyer are to begin legal action to prove that former police commissioner, Colonel Isikia Savua, was involved in the May 2000 coup.

The Daily Post quotes lawyer, Naipote Vere, as saying he will file a writ in the High Court today.

Mr Vere says they did not hand over the evidence to the police earlier because the officers concerned would have been victimised.

Colonel Savua has resigned from the police to become Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations from next month.

He was cleared of involvement in the coup by a closed door hearing conducted by the former chief justice, Sir Timoci Tuivaga, two years ago.

The Post newspaper says Mr Vere showed them documents containing details of the coup and a meeting between Col Savua, the 1987 coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka and George Speight in a Suva restaurant owned by Speight a day before the coup.

Mr Vere says Col Savua's name has come up again and again and it is a wonder that he was found not guilty and is taking up a posting to the UN