10 Aug 2004

Fiji's Prime Minister says avenues of pardon available to the convicted vice president

7:37 am on 10 August 2004

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says there are 'avenues of pardon and amnesty' available to the now convicted vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, and four others jailed for their involvement in the 2000 coup.

While Mr Qarase didn't go into the details, he said that lawyers acting on their behalf should now consider these options.

The Prime Minister said it was now up to the Great Council of Chiefs to appoint a replacement vice president.

The regional news agency Pacnews says two names are likely to be considered for the position, - the current diplomat and high chief, Adi Samanunu Cakobau and the former chairman of the Great Council of Chief's Ratu Epeli Ganilau