12 Nov 2004

Fiji's Chiefs could meet soon to discuss the appointment of jailed vice president Seniloli.

4:43 pm on 12 November 2004

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs could meet soon to discuss the future of jailed vice president Ratu Jope Seniloli.

The Appeal Court yesterday dismissed Seniloli's appeal against his High Court conviction and four-year jail sentence for being sworn in as the usurper president during the 2000 coup.

The chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini, says the members will need to study the court's decision before deciding whether to meet over his fate.

"We will look at that and then decide on whether to call a meeting and then discuss whether to terminate his service or not. Because there is an other step which is still pending and that is for them to take it further."

Ratu Ovini says he wasn't surprised by the courts decision and believes Seniloli should be given every opportunity to pursue his appeal in the courts.

But he say's it's ultimately up to the council to decide whether he remains as vice president.