8 May 2009

Disappointment at release of jailed Fiji soldiers

10:42 pm on 8 May 2009

Human rights organisation Amnesty International says it is very disappointed by the early release of military officers convicted of manslaughter in Fiji.

Eight soldiers and a police officer have been released despite being jailed for four years and four months in March for the manslaughter and assault of 19-year-old Sakiusa Rabaka in 2007.

Another army officer has also been granted release after being sentenced in April to three years' jail for the manslaughter of a villager two years ago.

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand spokesperson Margaret Taylor says the cases show that there is no rule of law in Fiji now.

Ms Taylor says Amnesty International holds grave concerns for Fiji and its failing human rights record.