25 Aug 2004

Fiji Attorney General yet to advise chiefs in Seniloli case

1:14 pm on 25 August 2004

Fiji's Attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, says he has not made a recommendation on what course of action should be taken over the office of vice-president.

Convicted on coup-related charges, vice-president, Ratu Jope Seniloli is to remain in jail, probably until at least November, after the Appeal Court turned down his bail application this week.

The Great Council of Chiefs is the appointing body of the president and the vice-president but its chairman, Ratu Ovini Bokini, has been reported as saying that he is awaiting advice from the attorney-general.

However, Mr Bale says he has not finalised advice on the issue, and any recommendations he has made to the Chiefs and the President are not for public consumption.

"I have not in fact recommended anything at all at this stage because the appeals by the persons involved, including the vice-president, have not been exhausted yet and therefore there are a number of unknown quantities that need to settled first before that issue can be settled."

Qoriniasi Bale