FIJI POLICE SEAL GOVERNMENT BUILDLING IN SUVA

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 8) – Fiji police
have sealed off a complex of government building in central Suva, reportedly to
carry out an arrest.

Media have been denied access to the area but police say the
action is an exercise ahead of next month’s South Pacific Games.

A court hearing is due this morning when more may be known about
the action.

Unconfirmed reports say the vice-president, Ratu Jope Seniloli,
will appear as a defence witness in a coup-related case.

Last week, police said they were close to completing a probe of
his role in the coup three years ago.

Ratu Jope became president under the coup-front man, George
Speight, and proceeded to swear in Speight’s failed and illegal
administration.

A number of government ministers, MPs, senators and the deputy
speaker of parliament are already facing serious charges for their roles in the
coup.

May 8, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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