14 Jan 2005

Fiji parties back call to jail former vice president again

11:13 am on 14 January 2005

Two political parties in Fiji have backed an attempt by the Citizens Constitutional Forum to have the former vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, sent back to jail.

The CCF filed a legal challenge this week seeking a judicial review of the decision by the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, to release Seniloli after only three months of his 4-year prison sentence.

Seniloli was jailed after being convicted of taking an illegal oath to become the usurper president during the coup.

The Fijian Political Party, the SVT, has told the Fiji Sun that it would help the CCF in its fundraising drive to pay the legal fees of the case.

The SVT spokesperson, Ema Druavesi, says the attorney general, the finance ministry and the public service commission "should face the music," and explain how they squandered taxpayers' money to pay a pension to a prisoner.

The leader of the Fiji Democratic Party, Filipe Bole, has welcomed the CCF's legal action, adding that the country has the right to know the truth about Seniloli's early release.