20 Nov 2004

Fiji's jailed deputy speaker appeals to Supreme Court

9:06 am on 20 November 2004

Two of the five prominent Fiji men jailed in August for taking illegal oaths to join George Speight's failed administration during the coup, have decided to take their appeal against their conviction and sentence to the Supreme Court.

Radio Legend reports that their senior defence counsel, Mehboob Raza, says the two are the jailed deputy speaker of parliament, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, and Peceli Rinakama.

The jailed vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, as well as Viliame Volavola and Viliame Savu, are yet to decide whether they will go to the Supreme Court, or will accept their conviction and sentence.

Seniloli has already applied to be released to serve his sentence as an extramural prisoner.

But the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, has said anyone whose sentence is still under appeal, can't be considered for an extramural sentence.

Last week the Fiji Court of Appeal rejected the appeals of the five convicts saying they'd committed serious offences.