4 Dec 2002

Fiji's CCF calls for justice over coup

5:29 am on 4 December 2002

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says all those involved in the May 2000 coup must be brought to justice to end the development of a coup culture.

CCF's director, Reverend Akuila Yabaki was speaking after several high profile politicians and traditional chiefs were identified in the treason trial of two coup accomplices, as having being sworn in to the failed coup administration.

These included the deputy speaker of the current house, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, the minister for sport, Isireli Leweniqila and Lt. Col Filipo Tarakinikini.

Rev. Yabakai says they and others were willing to swear an illegal oath to form an unlawful government and they must be brought before the courts.

"There is a danger that Fiji has developed a coup culture and it is important we build on the basis of constitutional democracy and ensure that the overthrow of a democratically elected government ceases to be the order of the day and the only way to do that is to, and however long it might take; prosecute and bring to justice all those who have been involved."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki