17 Jul 2006

Fiji's CCF states qualified support for public inquiry into coup

8:13 pm on 17 July 2006

There is qualified support for a public inquiry into Fiji's coup in 2000 from the Citizens Constitutional Forum.

The calls for the inquiry came from Josefa Nata, who was convicted of treason in connection with the coup, and is serving a life sentence.

He has said the truth may never been known unless an inquiry is held.

The CCF director, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says they support the work of police in bringing people to justice and an inquiry could help reveal more about what happened.

"We would say yes if it is meant to bring people out of the woodwork so that they are known for what they have done. Therefore, not to curb but to facilitate the process of bringing people to justice."

Reverend Yabaki says he would only support holding an inquiry if it wasn't used as an instrument of amnesty.