14 Sep 2005

Fiji treason convict prepares for amnesty appeal

6:55 pm on 14 September 2005

Fiji treason convict Timoci Silatolu says he will apply for amnesty once the government's Reconciliation and Unity Bill is passed.

Silatolu made his views known to Radio Legend while appearing in the Suva High Court for a compensation case brought by members of the deposed Labour coalition government.

Silatolu, who is serving a life sentence for his major role in the coup, said he supports the Reconciliation and Unity Bill as it would help reconcile differences among the people and bring the nation together.

He said he will apply for amnesty for the sake of his family as they have also suffered a lot.

He said people should realise that amnesty is given to those who are not eligible to be pardoned.

He said the crime of treason under which he was convicted was serious and could not be accepted by the people.