FIJI CHIEFS WON’T DISCUSS SPEIGHT PARDON

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FIJI CHIEFS WON’T DISCUSS SPEIGHT PARDON

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 1, 2002 – Daily Post/FijiLive)---The Great Council of Chiefs secretariat will not entertain any move to raise the issue of a pardon for May 2000 coup front man George Speight at its meeting next month.

"It is not on the agenda of the meeting," council chairman Ratu Epeli Ganilau said yesterday.

The council is of the view that the matter has been dealt with in the courts, he added.

"There is nothing of that on the agenda. We will not allow such things to creep in," Ratu Epeli said.

"We believe that legal battles are best to be left for the courts, but it is possible the council will discuss the on-going court challenges in the country.

However, some Speight supporters are gathering backing for a petition proposing a pardon for Speight and his group.

The supporters plan to present a petition to the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, and to the Great Council of Chiefs at its next meeting in Suva.

Ratu Eepli said mahogany would top next month’s agenda, followed by the election of the council chairman.

He said he would be honored to continue as chairman if reappointed. "I will be honored to continue with the responsibility. It is a pleasure serving the people and the vanua."

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