9 Jan 2006

Fiji diplomats and former army man to be re-interviewed over coup

4:53 pm on 9 January 2006

Two Fiji diplomats and a former army spokesman will be re-interviewed by police in the near future for their alleged involvement in the May 2000 Speight coup.

And the former chairman of a local financial institution together with a senior civil aviation manager are also expected to undergo interrogation for coup related offences.

The Daily Post says a total of 11 coup files are currently with the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions and police are further investigating another 39 files.

The newspaper quotes police commissioner Andrew Hughes as saying the DPP will be asked to revisit the files of the two diplomats and that of the former military spokesman.

The file of the former police commissioner and now ambassador to the United Nations, Col Isikia Savua, who is alleged top have had a hand in the coup, is still with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, the leader of the new National Alliance Party of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says it is good for public confidence that there is finally a chance that the real coup criminals will be unveiled to face the music.

Ratu Epeli has also praised Commissioner Hughes for not giving in to people pressuring him to end the coup investigations earlier, adding that it is important that all those guilty of causing the national crisis be brought to justice.