4 Jun 2003

Fiji province to discuss coup probe

5:32 am on 4 June 2003

The Fiji coup front man George Speight's home province, Tailevu, is to discuss further what has been described as the selective investigation of people involved in the coup.

Bau high chief Adi Litia Cakobau, who raised their concerns in the Great Council of Chiefs' meeting last week, says she will take the issue back to the Kubuna Confederacy, which includes Tailevu and Naitasiri, to seek a mandate.

The discussions at the meeting ended when its chair, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, urged the council not to interfere with investigations and allow justice to take its course.

At issue is the prosecution of the vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, who is facing serious coup related charges for becoming the usurper president in Speight's failed administration.

Adi Litia, who is the deputy chair of the Great Council of Chiefs, is pressing for the prosecution of other chiefs if the vice-president, who is also a member of the Great Council of Chiefs, faces charges.