8 Jul 2004

Fiji treason accused blames heathen worship

8:13 am on 8 July 2004

One of the accused in the current Fiji treason trial said he left parliament because of the worship of heathen Fijian gods and the gang rape of girls going on there at the time.

This was part of the police interview Lt Col Viliame Volavola gave to investigating officers which was read out in the High Court.

He said he'd agreed to be sworn in as the purported minister for urban development.

But Lt Col Viliame Volavola said he left because the rebels were worshipping heathen gods and raping women in the parliament grounds.

As well, he said, he didn't agree with plans to burn down Suva and attack Government House.

Lt Col Volovola said prominent lawyers Vodo Tuberi, Tevita Bukarau, Kitione Vuetaki and Alipate Qetaki were people with little minds whose purpose in parliament was unclear at that time.

As well, the accused said he knew the coup was illegal.