FIJI SENATOR WANTS THOROUGH COUP INVESTIGATIONS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 28) - A Fiji senator has
called for a thorough investigation into the 1987 and 2000 coups as well as the
collapse of the former National Bank of Fiji.

Senator Ratu Josefa Dimuri told the upper house that people
couldn’t be expected to abide by the law if those responsible for causing
national instability are not brought to justice.

The Fiji Sun says Ratu Josefa, of the pro-coup Conservative
Alliance Matanitu Vanua party, is facing charges in connection with the
coup-related Labasa army mutiny.

He says the investigation has to go all the way back to 1987
when Sitiveni Rabuka carried out his two military coups, because prominent
people involved in those, remain unpunished.

Ratu Josefa says the country needs a Truth Commission so that
people can come freely and say what they know about events from 1987 until now.

He says despite the involvement of many prominent indigenous
Fijians in the 1987 coup, there have been no prosecutions although their
identities are well known to the police.

May 29, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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