13 May 2002

Local activist says Fiji is in danger of becoming a country which will always have coups

5:37 am on 13 May 2002

Fiji is in danger of becoming a country which will always have coups according of a local human rights lawyer and activist, Imrana Jalal.

Ms Jalal says the rewarding of usurpers creates the coup cycle and successful coups encourage the staging of copycat action.

Ms Jalal delivered the warning during the annual congress of the Fiji Institute of Accountants over the weekend.

She says the country must punish those who seek to change the constitution by illegal means.

She says the people must never again accept a coup installed government because it rewards violence and lawlessness.

Ms Jalal says the coup cycle can only be broken in one of two ways ---either by refusing to recognise the unlawful regime in the Courts of Law or by punishing the usurpers for treason.

She says this would mean no pardons