25 Jun 2004

Fiji prosecutors still weighing charges against former police commissioner

10:33 am on 25 June 2004

The public prosecutions office in Fiji says it is not in the country's interest to rush their inquiry into the former police commissioner's alleged role in the 2000 coup.

The deputy director, Peter Ridgeway, says there will be no quick result in a matter which has serious implications for Colonel Isikia Savua and the Government.

"It's not the kind of thing you rush into in any event. It's got implications that are serious for the individual concerned but also they're important from a point of view of Fiji and the Government of Fiji. So nobody gains if we rush into it."

Mr Ridgeway says his office is reviewing what the police have come up with so far, while police continue with further inquiries into the case.

He declined to comment on earlier suggestions by Fiji's police commissioner that there is enough evidence to charge Col Savua ith abuse of office.