28 Apr 2005

Fiji opposition says Rabuka must be charged over coup if implicated

8:15 pm on 28 April 2005

Fiji's Opposition leader is warning against civil unrest if the former Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka is charged with coup-related offences.

The labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, made the comment after Mr Rabuka was implicated in the coup in a police statement by senior army officer Lieutenant Colonel Viliame Seruvakula, leaked this week.

Mr Chaudhry says Mr Rabuka is not above the law, despite what the consequences of his arrest might be.

"There is as far as I'm concerned sufficient evidence... I don't think anybody should give up the law if he's implicated, if he had a hand in it, he should be charged."

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes says that any decision to lay charges against those named is the responsibility of state prosecutors.

He says there's no plans to reinterview Mr Rabuka following an extensive interview with him six months ago.