28 Aug 2007

Fiji's interim PM refers Takiveikata advert to police

6:47 am on 28 August 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister has referred a paid advertisement proposing reconciliation in return for immunity and amnesty for those involved in the December military takeover to the police.

The advertisement was placed by Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, a vice president of the SDL party jailed for life for inciting the November 2000 army mutiny which claimed eight lives.

Ratu Inoke's proposal came just two months after the Fiji Court of Appeal released him and ordered that he be tried again.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told Fiji TV that police need to see if parts of Ratu Inoke's statement are inciting and make the appropriate decision.

Commodore Bainimarama says Ratu Inoke is trying to incite people using his chiefly status but he should never forget that the military sees him as the man who masterminded the November 2000 mutiny.

He says Ratu Inoke and people like him who hide behind their chiefly status are the very reason why the military had to step in last December.

Commodore Bainimarama says it would have been more appropriate for Ratu Inoke to respond to the interim government's proposal for a National Council for Building a Better Fiji rather than put out an advertisement with ulterior motives.