1 Jul 2005

Fiji military rejects any reconciliation with Speight and his associates

10:12 am on 1 July 2005

Fiji's military says it will not take part in any reconciliation process arising from the Speight coup and its associated army mutinies.

Radio Legend quotes the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, as saying the army was also a victim in the coup as soldiers were killed trying to defend the country.

Commodore Bainimarama says no one from the government has come and sought the military's opinion on the Reconciliation and Unity Bill.

He says under the proposed legislation, the Reconciliation and Amnesty Commission may even have the power to hear applications for amnesty from rebel soldiers who were convicted of mutiny.

Commodore Bainimarama says this will be direct interference in the military court martial and disciplinary process.

He says military discipline is based on retributive justice which means that those who do wrong have to be taken to task.

Commodore Bainimarama says there will be no discipline left if they DO NOT have the current system.