8 Jul 2015

Fiji's former Vice President to be farewelled today

10:22 am on 8 July 2015

The body of Fiji's former vice-president, Ratu Jope Naucabalavu Seniloli, has been escorted to Bau island ahead of his funeral today.

The Fiji Times reports that Ratu Jope died last week at the age of 76.

Fiji's Former Vice President Ratu Jope Naucabalavu Senioli.

Fiji's Former Vice President Ratu Jope Naucabalavu Senioli. Photo: AFP

A former Fiji rugby international, he was made president in 2001, but resigned in 2004 after he was convicted and jailed for for taking an illegal oath to commit a capital offence, by agreeing to be sworn in as president during the 2000 coup.

He was released after serving only three months of his four-year jail sentence, a decision the High Court later found to be biased.

Ratu Jope is survived by his wife and children.