TWO GET LIFE WITH PAROLE IN FIJI COUP

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 28) - Two Fijian men
have been sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in the 2000 coup.

Former public relations consultant Jo Nata and former politician
Timoci Silitolu, must serve a minimum sentence of seven and nine years
respectively.

High Court Judge, Justice Andrew Wilson has pointed out that
coup leader George Speight of the May 2000 crisis was subjected to a different
sentence regime.

But now that Parliament had amended the penal code it made
treason proceedings and the sentencing ambiguous.

Justice Wilson described this using soccer terms, saying the
goal posts had been shifted and reshifted.

However Justice Wilson said Fiji had experienced too many coups
and such interruptions and rebellions against parliament and democracy must be
stopped before they made a mockery of civilized society.

June 30, 2003

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