15 Sep 2004

Fiji government to seek legal opinion on salary payments to convicted vice-president

10:09 am on 15 September 2004

The Fiji Prime Minister's Office is to seek legal advice on the continued payment of salaries to the jailed vice president Seniloli and deputy Speaker Vakalalabure.

Radio Legend quotes the chief executive of the Prime Minister's Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, as saying they are paying Seniloli because he still holds the position of vice president.

Mr Kotobalavu says they will seek legal advice from the attorney general to ensure they are following the right procedures.

Under Fiji's Employment Act, no wages are payable to any employee for the period they spend in jail.

The opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has accused the government of double standards in continuing to pay Seniloli and Vakalalabure nearly two months after they were jailed for serious coup related offences.

Mr Beddoes says the citizens of Fiji have a right to know why their money is being used to pay the two when they are unable to perform their duties.