FIJI SOLDIERS FACE MUTINY CHARGES OVER PETITION

SUVA, Fiji (RNZI, Jan. 1) - Soldiers who signed a petition calling for Fiji’s defense chief, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama to resign will be charged with either mutiny, inciting mutiny and failing to suppress mutiny.

Fiji live quotes Military’s spokesperson, Neumi Leweni as saying that the names of soldiers who signed the petition have been received as well as those who had encouraged the service persons into signing it.

She says that once investigations into the removal petition are completed, the military will decide whether or not to charge the soldiers.

Two weeks ago Fiji’s Peacekeepers Association had launched the petition calling for Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama to resign as the commander of the country’s military forces.

The Association says that the Rear Admiral had refused its request for a goodwill payment of over US$24,000 to each of its 1,000 members.

The Peacekeepers Association is also suing the government for more than US$100 million in what it claims are unpaid UN allowances since 1978

January 1, 2002

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