FIJI VICE PRESIDENT PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN 2000 COUP

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 8) - Fiji Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli has reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges that he was sworn in as president during the May 2000 coup.

The Fiji Times says Seniloli pleaded not guilty to charges of taking an unlawful oath to commit a capital offence and engaging in a seditious enterprise.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, the Sports Minister, Isireli Leweniqilia and three other men have also pleaded not guilty to the same charges for being sworn in as ministers in George Speight’s failed administration.

Their High Court trial will begin in June.

February 9, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

 

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