19 Feb 2003

Fiji coup maker calls for an end to enquiries

5:40 pm on 19 February 2003

The first convict released yesterday for his part in the May 2000 Fiji coup has called for all investigations into the political crisis stopped.

Iliesa Duvuloco, who was convicted for wrongful confinement of the Chaudhry Government, says although many of the people directly involved with the coup are still free, no one else should be charged.

Mr Duvuloco says if those who participated in the coup or its aftermath are punished, people will continue to suffer.

He says the solution is for everyone to forgive, forget and reconcile with one another.

Mr Duvuloco says the coup is water under the bridge and people cannot go on living in the past.

Meanwhile, an indigenous letter writer in today's Fiji Sun says God has already forgiven George Speight and forgotten about the coup, and people should do the same.

But in an editorial, the Sun says Mr Duvuloco's calls for coup investigations to be dropped confirms that higher forces were involved and he wants to protect those who masterminded the coup.

The newspaper says every effort must now be made to ensure that all those involved are caught and punished or Fiji will become a laughing stock.