9 Sep 2008

Fiji treason complaint prompted by interim regime's lack of commitment to dialogue

3:23 pm on 9 September 2008

Fiji's ousted opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says he was forced to lay treason complaints against the Prime Minister and the interim regime because of a lack of will to start serious political dialogue.

He says there was no plan to work in with the SDL, but he agreed with the move and was prompted to lay a complaint by their move, to ensure action was taken before the statute of limitations came into play.

But Mr Beddoes says the main motivation was the sense that the interim regime has only been paying lip service to the idea of real discussion:

"I've waited long enough to try to give them the benefit of the doubt to try to engage in dialogue and I was hoping we could see this thing making some progress, but obviously they have pulled out of two meetings that they initiated."

Mr Beddoes say he is sure the complaints will be investigated at some stage and the interim regime will have to explain its actions in court.