12 Apr 2006

Fiji conspiracy convict to fight election under Labour Party banner

9:35 am on 12 April 2006

A man who was jailed for being part of a conspiracy to bomb Nadi International Airport and other installations after the Chaudhry government came into power in 1999 is to fight next month's general elections for the Fiji Labour Party.

The Fiji Sun reports that Josaia Waqabaca, who revealed details of the bombing plan and the businessmen allegedly behind it, filed his nomination yesterday to stand for the Suva City Fijian Urban seat for Labour.

Mr Waqabaca is quoted as saying he went to jail and deserved it because he had broken the law.

Now he says his battle to reveal the truth has only just begun because ordinary people were used for the personal gain of the elite.

He says while he was in jail he lost everything including his family and property, and that taught him to uphold the truth and ensure that justice prevails.

Mr Waqabaca says that is his biggest qualification as a politician.