19 Jul 2006

Fiji prosecutor says more evidence needed before coup backers can be charged

9:20 am on 19 July 2006

A report from Fiji says uncertainty surrounds the prosecutions of some of the masterminds and financiers of the May 2000 coup.

The Fiji Sun reports that the acting director of public prosecutions, Raymond Gibson, says they need to review the files with police and ask them to obtain more evidence before charges can be laid.

Mr Gibson says if the work they have requested of the police is done and if the evidence is strong, then his office will recommend charges.

Mr Gibson's statement contradicts the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, who recently said there had been a major breakthrough in coup investigations.

Mr Hughes had said the laying of charges against the financiers of the coup was imminent and could be expected this week.