29 Nov 2004

Fiji senior military officers meet to discuss Seniloli release

9:01 am on 29 November 2004

Senior officers of Fiji's military will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the early release of jailed vice president Seniloli.

The Fiji Sun reports that the military is not happy with the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale's decision to release Seniloli from Suva Prison after he had served only 3½ months of his four-year sentence for taking an illegal oath to become the usurper president.

The military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says they would make an official statement after today's meeting.

Seniloli relaxed at the beachside presidential retreat at Pacific Harbour on Saturday and is now reported to be on leave.

He has to report to the Central Police Station in Suva twice a week.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Political Party, the SVT, is blaming the government for manipulating the legal system.

Its spokesperson, Ema Druavesi, says Mr Bale is responsible for all the commotion and turmoil in the country because of his bad legal advice.

In an editorial today, the SUN has called on Mr Bale to explain whether there are separate sets of laws for different classes of people and why some are able to get away with the law.

The Sun has highlighted the case of civil servants who are suspended on half pay while they are investigated but people like Seniloli, jailed deputy speaker Vakalalabure and jailed senator Takiveikata continue to receive their full pay and perks in prison.