19 May 2005

Chaudhry says Fiji coup frontman doesn't deserve to be forgiven

6:22 pm on 19 May 2005

The Fiji prime minister deposed in May 2000 says the coup front man, George Speight, does not deserve to be forgiven if he does not reveal the names of his fellow conspirators.

Mahendra Chaudhry has told Radio Legend on the fifth anniversary of the coup that Speight and others involved in the coup are not remorseful at all for their actions.

Mr Chaudhry says the government is making matters worse now by trying to bring in legislation that will fast track amnesty for coup convicts like Speight, erase their criminal records and give immunity to those not yet prosecuted.

Mr Chaudhry says Speight has not asked him for forgiveness, adding that he has not seen genuine remorse in any of these people.

He says if someone wants to ask for forgiveness and pretends that he is very sorry for his actions to save his own skin, that is not genuine reconciliation.

Mr Chaudhry says if Speight were to reveal the identity of the people behind the coup as part of the process of unity and reconciliation, one could have some sympathy for the man.

Mr Chaudhry says Speight is still very much a part of the coup conspiracy because he is not telling who was behind it and who financed it, and does not deserve to be forgiven.