21 Aug 2012

Beddoes includes ideas to stop future coups in submission to Fiji Commission

4:58 pm on 21 August 2012

A Fiji politician, Mick Beddoes, has called for Fiji's constitution to include special provisions in case of another coup.

Mr Beddoes who was the leader of the opposition at the time of the 2006 coup made the suggestions as part of his submission to the Constitution Commission.

He recommends court rooms close, judges be prohibited from working with the new order and the president's powers be curtailed in the event of another coup.

Mr Beddoes says banks should freeze public money apart from salary payments and pensions until an elected government is back in place.

He also recommends setting up a Commission of Inquiry into the coups of 2006, 2000 and 1987, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission where perpetrators can seek forgiveness, and heavy sentences for future coup-makers.