FIJI’S CHAUDHRY SAYS MAJOR COUP PLAYERS STILL FREE

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FIJI’S CHAUDHRY SAYS MAJOR COUP PLAYERS STILL FREE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 19, 2002 - Fiji Times)---Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry was surprised at the rapidity with which coup leader George Speight pleaded guilty to treason.

He said he derived no pleasure from the sentence but the law had to be allowed to take its course. Mr. Chaudhry said he had expected the case to take longer.

"I commend him for this but he’s not the only one behind this. He’s a scapegoat and we need to get the people behind this," he said.

Mr. Chaudhry said he was aware of the need for the sentencing and urged the government to "do its job."

"I’m not ruling out disturbances. It’s the government’s obligation to ensure the safety of citizens," he said. Mr. Chaudhry said lives lost could never be replaced.

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