17 Sep 2004

Fiji treason convict apologises for coup related job losses

2:33 pm on 17 September 2004

Fiji treason convict Josefa Nata, who his serving a life sentence for his role in the Speight coup, has apologised to trade unions and workers.

Radio Fiji reports that Nata has written to the Fiji Trades Union Congress and the Fiji Council of Trade Unions expressing remorse about his actions during the coup.

In his letter Nata spoke of the untold hardship his actions had caused to thousands of workers who lost their jobs or had to work on reduced pay.

Others left the country to work in safer environments.

FTUC president, Daniel Urai, is quoted as saying Congress executives have accepted Nata's apology.

Nata, who is a former journalist, earlier wrote letters of apology to the prime minister deposed in the coup, Mahendra Chaudhry, and the Great Council of Chiefs seeking their forgiveness.