FIJI POLICE SEEKING COUP PERPETRATORS

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By Ofa Kaukimoce

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 27, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Fiji police are seeking the help of their New Zealand counterparts to interview a former Fiji army officer who says he knows the names of the perpetrators of last year's coup.

Those perpetrators are still at large.

The former officer recently revealed in a local television interview that seven coup rebels are still in Fiji.

Police said they will not bring back the former Commander of the Third Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Villiame Seruvakula, from New Zealand to get the names of the coup perpetrators.

Inspector Waisea Tabakau, who is heading investigations into the coup, said they are considering working with the New Zealand police to interview the army officer who is now an instructor in the New Zealand army.

Seruvakula, who recently left Fiji, had prepared an intelligence report with the names of the alleged seven coup makers.

The report is reportedly with President Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

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