POLICE HOPE TO END FIJI COUP PROBE BY 2006

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SUVA, Fiji (Radio Fiji News, May 1) – Fiji Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says he hopes to have the 2000 coup investigations wrapped up before the general elections next year.

He said it is important that the investigations are completed before people take to the polls because that would signify a new beginning for Fiji.

"What has been frustrating in our investigations is the code of silence among the people of Fiji," said Hughes. "Despite our appeal very little people have come forward with information, which could assist our investigations."

Hughes said the coup investigations have been complex and has stretched police's resources and funds.

Police have put in over 1,000 working hours and spent a large amount of money on the probes.

In the last five years police have charged some 2,500 people for their involvement in the coup, including former Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli.

May 2, 2005

Radio Fiji News: http://www.radiofiji.org/news/current/currnews.htm

 

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