16 Apr 2003

Fiji churches to seek protection for army members involved in 2000 coup and mutinies

10:18 am on 16 April 2003

The Assembly of Christian Churches in Fiji is seeking protection for its soldier members involved in the coup and mutinies three years ago.

Radio Fiji says adelegation from the churches will meet the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, over the issue today.

The radio says the meeting follows public statements by the commander that soldiers involved in the coup and mutinies will face the full brunt of the law.

An executive of the Assemby of Christian Churches, Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi, is quoted as saying that the discussion with Commodore Bainimarama today is part of reconciliation efforts.

Ratu Epeli says the assembly wants to protect soldiers who are members of its affiliate churches.