FIJI COUP CONSPIRATORS ASK FOR LENIENCY

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 26) - Two conspirators
in Fiji's 2000 coup have pleaded not to be given the death penalty when they are
sentenced for treason tomorrow.

Journalist Joe Nata was the media organizer for coup leader
George Speight, and he told the court the coup should never have occurred.

"It was an action that I should never have taken part in,
the whole of the events of 2000 should never have taken place," he said.

Counsel for Timoci Silatolu said his client had undergone a
Christian rehabilitation program while awaiting trial in jail.

Fiji had a mandatory death sentence for treason when the pair
were charged. However, the High Court previously commuted George Speight's death
sentence to life imprisonment.

June 27, 2003

ABC News Online: http://abc.net.au/news/

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