15 Apr 2008

Fiji vigil group escapes formal charges

3:36 pm on 15 April 2008

Police in Fiji says the case of the 17 activists arrested for last week's peaceful vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in Fiji will be treated like a traffic offence.

A police spokesperson says in the absence of a formal complaint, the 15 women and two men will be summoned to court.

Charges will be read out to them as opposed to them getting formally charged at a police station.

The process will then continue like any other normal case which is expected to take six months.