11 May 2005

Former Fiji Labour Party worker says coup victims don't deserve compensation

8:09 am on 11 May 2005

A man who claims to have worked for the Fiji Labour Party's Security Intelligence Unit when it was in government says victims of the coup do not deserve any compensation because they brought it on themselves.

The Fiji Sun says the claim has been made by Maciusela Nasogobuli who has already served a three-year jail term on Nukulau Island for his role in the coup.

Mr Nasogobuli says he was hired by the head of the Labour Party Security Intelligence Unit, Posiano Nauku, and assigned to work undercover by attending nationalist meetings.

Mr Nasogobuli says based on his report the Labour Party was advised not to allow a nationalist march to take place on May 19th, 2000, because a coup was highly likely to take place.

He says the then home affairs minister, Jioji Uluinakauvadra, had refused a permit to march but the prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, overturned the decision and granted the permit.

Mr Nasogobuli is asking why the victims are crying injustice and making compensation claims when they brought the whole misery on themselves.

Labour president, Jokapeci Koroi, has confirmed the party had a Security Intelligence Unit because of its experience in the 1987 coups, but added that it was only an informal one.

She also confirmed Mr Nasogobuli's claim that tapes recorded by the unit were handed to police who had misplaced them.