24 Dec 2004

Fiji's Seniloli not sick as recently as May - report

7:33 am on 24 December 2004

A report from Fiji says the jailed former vice president, who was prematurely released from prison, did not suffer from any serious illness as recently as May this year.

The Fiji Sun says Ratu Jope Seniloli gave a sworn affidavit in support of his bail application in which he said he didn't suffer from any serious illness.

But last month the attorney general and minister for justice, Qoriniasi Bale cited Ratu Jope's ill health as a reason for releasing him after only three months of a four-year sentence.

In a sworn affidavit on May the 19th, Ratu Jope asked the High Court to release his passport for an overseas medical review.

The application was prior to the start of his trial, and conviction for taking an illegal oath to become the usurper president during the coup.

His release on the 25th of November coincided with his nephew's 21st birthday celebrations at Deuba where Seniloli appeared to be in fit physical condition.

Mr Bale is quoted as saying he doesn't want to comment on the report and describes it, as of 'nuisance value'.