13 Dec 2002

Pressure mounts in Fiji to broaden coup probe

11:30 am on 13 December 2002

Pressure is mounting on Fiji authorities to prosecute prominent figures in the May 2000 coup whose identities have been revealed in recent treason trials.

Political parties say there is no excuse not to question and prosecute those identified in the trials.

A spokesman for the Fiji Democratic Party and deposed cabinet minister, Ratu Isireli Vuibau, has told Fiji TV that no one should be left out regardless of how important they are.

Ratu Isireli says they must be made to pay the price for what they have done to the country.

The Fiji Labour Party has called on the director of public prosecutions to charge all those shown on the video evidence and named in the trials.

It says the earlier excuse of not having enough evidence is preposterous.

Labour says small people are being used as scapegoats while the big names are getting away.