29 May 2002

Two Fiji rebels released on good behaviour bond

10:28 am on 29 May 2002

Two of the Fiji coup front man George Speight's rebels who were charged with unlawful assembly have been released on a good behaviour bond and told not to re-offend within 12 months.

The two, Kitione Cecena and Kameli Kidono, pleaded guilty in the Suva magistrate's court.

They were among several hundred Speight supporters, including women and children, who gathered at Kalabo Fijian School in Nasinu after they left the parliament complex following the release of the hostages in July 2000.

The court was told that on the day in question, those involved in the illegal gathering stole fish and vegetables from nearby street vendors and groceries from a shop.

The army mounted a dawn raid using tear gas and stun grenades to evict more than 460 rebels from the Kalabo school.