ELECTION YEAR POLITICS IN RELEASE OF FIJI PRISONERS

Editorial

Fiji Sun

SUVA, Fiji (Dec. 27) – The Laisenia Qarase-led Fiji Government should come out openly on its intentions about releasing the coup perpetrators of May 19, 2000, from prison.

There is nothing to hide since Mr. Qarase has been preaching the message of transparency all the time. Why hold the nation in suspense?

There is no harm whatsoever if the Government comes out clean on the issue. However, in another perspective, we may ask the Government why is it so desperate in letting these people go free?

Where was that urgency in 2001, when it was democratically-elected into power? It is understandable that the General Election is next year.

And surely we know that releasing these prisoners means more votes for the Soqosoqo Ni Duavata Ni Lewenivanua and Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua [CAMV] parties. For the CAMV, it means the promises it made to its supporters about the release of these prisoners have come true.

If this is the motive, moves to bring reconciliation are useless. That means the Government has placed its political survival first at the expense of the nation and its citizens. And in doing so it has set a dangerous precedence where it is seen to be condoning illegal activities.

This could explain the reason why Government is silent on the issue. And this has left Army Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama disappointed. He is determined to see that every coup perpetrator is taken to task since no one is above the law. This is the only way to clean the political mess of 2000. Not only that, it will put a stop to the coup culture that first struck our nation 1987.

December 28, 2005

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