8 Sep 2003

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs says law must be followed even by nationalists

4:06 pm on 8 September 2003

The chairman of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, the GCC, is opposing a call by a senator for authorities not to prosecute or jail nationalists.

Ratu Epeli Ganilau says the statement by Bau high chief, Adi Litia Cakobau, who recently resigned as the GCC's deputy chair, is not the stand taken by the Great Council of Chiefs.

Ratu Epeli says nor are they widely held views and most people would agree that the law should be followed.

"The law does not differentiate between nationalists and other types of people we have in our society, it's applied to everyone, and I think most of us who are law biding citizens would welcome the fact the law as and is continuing to take its proper course of action with regards to the people who were involved in the events of the year 2000"


Ratu Epeli says Adi Litia was nominated to the senate by the prime minister, not the GCC.