FIJI ARRESTS 18 SOLDIERS IN COUP INVESTIGATION

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Mar. 27) - Fiji’s military has arrested 18 soldiers in connection with the 2000 coup.

They are to be court-martialed in May.

The soldiers are part of the army’s Engineering Corps, which allegedly marched into parliament in support of the 2000 coup eight days after the overthrow of the Chaudhry government.

They were led by Major Josefa Savua, brother of Col Isikia Savua, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, who is currently under investigation for his alleged role in the coup.

Military spokesman, Warrant Officer Neumi Leweni, says the 18 suspects are under close arrest at the army camp in Suva awaiting trial.

March 27, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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