17 Jul 2006

Fiji treason convict seeks public inquiry into May 2000 coup

10:06 am on 17 July 2006

A Fiji treason convict serving a life sentence for his role in the overthrow of the Chaudhry government has called for a public inquiry into the May 2000 coup.

The Daily Post quotes Josefa Nata as saying the truth about the coup and the mystery surrounding the coup makers may never be known unless the government holds a public inquiry.

Nata says a public inquiry may answer questions such as who really set up the coup, how and when George Speight came into the picture and who was Speight waiting for after the coup who did not turn up.

He says a public inquiry would also reveal the connection between the 1987 and 2000 coup, and whether it was really about indigenous rights or vested interests.

Nata says the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions may also have some explaining to do in matters such as whether individuals in it had a hand in drawing up documents for the coup.

He says the Great Council of Chiefs needs to explain its role, in particular whether it was involved in removing the president in support of the coup.

As well, Nata says the Methodist Church needs to explain the speech of its then president who supported the coup in parliament and was made a senator.