FIJI POLICE COMMISSIONER ISSUES WARNING

SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's Police Commissioner has warned that anyone who causes trouble today after the Court of Appeal rules on the validity of the country's constitution will be arrested.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that the police and the military are out in force in the capital, Suva.

"The Police Commissioner, Isikia Savua, says people who cause chaos before or after the Court of Appeal Ruling this afternoon will not escape what he calls ‘the long arm of the law.’

"The Fiji Police Force has recruited 100 special constable to help its coverage of potential trouble spots.

"The central government buildings where the Court of Appeal is located are heavily guarded by police and armed soldiers.

"Fiji's President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo is expected to make a national address after the five Court of Appeal judges rule on whether or not the 1997 Constitution remains in force.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia, Suva."

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