FIJI MURDERER GETS WEEKEND LEAVE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 28) – The man who hacked to death Fiji Red Cross Director John Scott and his New Zealand partner, Greg Scrivener, in 2001 is being granted weekend leave as part of his therapeutic treatment.

The Daily Post in Fiji says the information was disclosed by the health minister, Solomone Naivalu, in answer to opposition questions in parliament.

Mr Naivalu said the government is not obliged to advise or consult the relatives of the murdered pair, who live in New Zealand, about Apete Keisau’s treatment.

Mr Naivalu said Keisau has not been released from St Giles Psychiatric Hospital where he is still an inpatient, but has been given weekend leave as part of his treatment.

Mr Naivalu said he could not release any information on Keisau without his approval or that of his parents.

Meanwhile, the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, says Keisau was never convicted and was acquitted on grounds of insanity.

Mr Bale says while no one would condone this kind of savagery in Fiji, because he was found not guilty there is no chance of him being tried again because that is the law.

September 29, 2005

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