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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Oct. 5) - Four of the 58 soldiers charged with participating in Fiji’s 2000 coup have pleaded guilty.

Prosecutor Anil Singh said he could not reveal their name at this stage.

He said the 58 were charged with mutiny, unlawful detention of hostage and misprision of treason.

Singh said the four soldiers who had pleaded guilty would be charged only with mutiny. The court martial did not sit yesterday, as the soldiers in custody at Korovou Prison were not present.

Meanwhile, wives of the soldiers told the FijiSUN that life for them was very difficult. A housewife said their payment to the Housing Authority was now in arrears and luckily they had been given time. She said it was very likely the house would be up for mortgagee sale as her husband was the only breadwinner of the family and she was yet to find work.

The military, she said, had stopped the salaries of her husband and the others on trial. Army spokesman Captain Neumi Leweni had said the cessation of the salaries was in line with the Military Act. The soldiers will appear again at the court martial on October 20.

October 6, 2004



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