23 Jul 2007

The future role of Fiji's military should be up for discussion in any amnesty proposal

1:38 pm on 23 July 2007

The future role of Fiji's military needs to come under discussion if a proposal for amnesty is adopted, according to the country's former opposition leader.

Mick Beddoes says he supports a proposal from the former vice-president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, for amnesty to be granted to the military and civil servants involved in the latest coup.

But, he says there need to be conditions placed on that, including a timeline so that if the current perpetrators took part in a future coup, they would have to face the full brunt of the law for their actions.

Mr Beddoes says the future role of the military also needs to be part of the amnesty.

"There needs to be a comprehensive resolution because we need to look at the future role of the military. In all 4 coups that we have had, the military has been involved partially, or fully. And therefore, the problem is the military because no coups can occur in this country without the support of the military."

Mick Beddoes.