11 Mar 2003

Claims that Fiji's governing coalition could be weakened if the coup convicts are not freed

4:41 pm on 11 March 2003

Fiji's pro-coup Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua party says its coalition with Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's ruling SDL party could be weakened if the May 2000 coup convicts imprisoned on Nukulau Island are not released.

A party spokesman and MP, Josateki Vula, has told Radio Fiji that the Attorney General, Qoriniasi Bale, should review his decision not to release the nine prisoners under supervision orders.

Mr Vula says the Conservative Alliance has followed all available legal means to secure the release of the prisoners but it is sad that those at the helm of decision making have not accommodated their request.

He says the party represents many thousands of voters around Fiji and this is what they want.

Mr Vula says the Conservative Alliance will call a party caucus meeting this week where the government's stand on the prisoners will be discussed.