24 Dec 2002

Police chief in Fiji says there will be more coup arrests

4:17 pm on 24 December 2002

Fiji's acting police chief, Commissioner Moses Driver, says investigations into the coup of May 2000 are far from over.

Mr Driver says there are some cases in which the Director of Public Prosecutions office has referred files back to the police seeking more evidence.

Fijilive reports Mr Driver saying that more people will be questioned after new evidence has been revealed in the coup cases before the courts in recent weeks.

Questions have been raised in Fiji over the apparent lack of action against some prominent people whose names have come up during the treason trial of Josefa Nata and Timoci Silatolu and the misprision of treason trial of Viliame Savu.

But Mr Driver says all the new information and evidence has been taken in by police and people should expect more people to be charged.

However he says it is premature for himm to comment on this as it might be unfair to people when standing trial.