19 Jan 2005

Another Fiji coup convict released from jail early

11:32 am on 19 January 2005

Authorities in Fiji have released another of the five people who were jailed for taking an illegal oath to join George Speight's failed administration during the coup.

Radio Legend reports that nationalist Viliame Savu has been released to serve the remainder of his one-year term extramurally.

The radio reports that the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, has referred all questions about the release to the commissioner of prisons, Aisea Taoka.

Mr Bale says releasing prisoners to serve their sentence extramurally is the prerogative of the commissioner.

But Mr Taoka was not available for comment.

Relatives of Savu were quoted as saying that he is unwilling to speak to anyone.

The first prisoner to be released for taking an illegal oath was the was the former vice president, Seniloli, who purported to become the usurper president during the coup.

He was released by Mr Bale under a Compulsory Supervision Order after he had served only 3 months of his 4-year sentence.