2 May 2005

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions calls for Truth Commission

12:30 pm on 2 May 2005

Fiji's director of public prosecutions says processes such a Truth and Reconciliation Commission need to be considered to satisfy the victims of the 2000 coup.

The Fiji Times reports that Josaia Naigulevu made the comment when admitting that the judicial process is not sufficient to satisfy the demands of the coup victims for justice.

Mr Naigulevu says police investigations into coup related allegations are slow and have taken much time, resulting in the expiry of the time limit in which charges such as treason could be laid.

He says taking people before the courts is not the only process available, and to promote true reconciliation and lasting peace, there needs to be a truth commission.

Mr Naigulevu says the people who have wronged others need to be accountable and come and apologise before the victims themselves in order to achieve true reconciliation.

The DPP has sympathised with the police because they are inadequately resourced and lack the expertise to properly conduct coup investigations.