29 Nov 2004

Fiji political parties demand Seniloli resignation

11:01 am on 29 November 2004

Political parties in Fiji are calling for the resignation of convicted vice president Seniloli.

The calls follow the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale's decision to release Seniloli from Suva Prison after he had served only 3½ months of his four-year sentence.

Seniloli was convicted and jailed for taking an illegal oath to become the usurper president during the coup and the Fiji Court of Appeal rejected his appeal earlier this month.

The National Federation Party says Seniloli's release has set a dangerous precedent and to avoid further embarrassment he must reign.

The NFP's president, Dorsami Naidu, says for the sake of transparency, Mr Bale must make public the medical report which led him to release Seniloli under a Compulsory Supervision Order.

The Fijian Political Party, the SVT, has linked Seniloli's release to the next general election and is also calling on him to step down.

Its spokesperson, Ema Druavesi, says the government is selective in who it releases under Compulsory Supervision Orders and is questioning why soldiers jailed for their role in the coup and mutinies have not been treated the same way.

Meanwhile, some reports say the jailed deputy speaker of parliament Vakalalabure, who is serving a six-year sentence, will also apply to be released under a Compulsory Supervision Order.