28 Apr 2005

Fiji military silent about former army lawyer's conviction on coup charges

2:34 pm on 28 April 2005

Fiji's military are remaining tight-lipped over the conviction of a former army lawyer, who is one of five coup supporters found guilty this week by the Suva magistrate's court.

The five, who are in custody awaiting sentencing, are lawyer Tevita Bukarau; the former director of the Fiji Intelligence Service, Col Metuisela Mua;, businessman Jioji Bakoso, Viliame Sausauwai and Eroni Lewaqai.

All five have been found guilty on two charges of unlawful assembly and one charge of consorting with people carrying firearms in parliament during the coup.

A military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says the law has prevailed.

"Well the only thing the military could say is that it's satisfied the rule of law has taken its course."

Captain Leweni declined to discuss the conviction of the former army lawyer.