30 Jan 2003

Fiji's CCF expects more mutiny related charges

4:52 pm on 30 January 2003

The director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says the guilty verdict handed out to 56 soldiers involved in the Labasa mutiny should be followed by more influential people being investigated.

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki says the case has revealed that senior people within the community and military played a part in the mutiny during the May 2000 coup.

He says although the court martial result is positive, he hopes it will not be the final hearing into the mutiny.

"There are chiefs who are also involved, who supported the process and actually congratulated them and actually gave the wrong advice in saying that they are soldiers of the Vanua and not of government. Government pays them."

The Reverend Yabaki says he also expects that up to five more senior military officers will be charged.