16 May 2017

Rabuka again apologises for 1987 Fiji coups

12:14 pm on 16 May 2017

The leader of Fiji's first two military coups Sitiveni Rabuka has again apologised for his actions - 30 years after seizing power.

Former Fiji prime minister and two-time coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Former Fiji prime minister and two-time coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

Mr Rabuka, who is now the leader of the opposition Sodelpa party, says he prays God Almighty will grant all those hurting the grace to forgive him.

He said the rioting and assault on some Indo-Fijians in May 1987 were the deliberate actions of selfish persons.

Mr Rabuka said he acknowledged that coups were not the way to resolve any type of national situation in a civilised society.

Fiji has had four coups - the last one 11 years ago.

Both Mr Rabuka and the 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama passed constitutions giving them immunity from prosecution.

The leader of the 2000 coup George Speight was sentenced to death but his penalty was converted to life time imprisonment.

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