19 May 2007

Fiji soldiers demoted and discharged

9:29 am on 19 May 2007

Fiji's military has demoted and discharged three soldiers for conduct prejudicial to good order and army discipline.

The three, a captain and two warrant officers who were based at the Labasa barracks in Vanua Levu, had refused to obey orders to leave their checkpoints in preparation for demobilization.

A report early in April said they were to face mutiny charges.

But after studying the summary of evidence gathered by a senior officer, military prosecutors said the conduct of the soldiers was unbecoming of the ranks they held but did not amount to mutiny.

They were released from custody, demoted and told to go home.