Chiefs should abide by the rule of law and not the rule of clubs

  • 2nd July 2004
  • 2004
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State witness Bau chief Ratu Tua’akitau Cokanauto, made a stern statement- “Chiefs should abide by the rule of law and not by the rule of clubs’ while testifying in the high profile coup trial.

Putting his statement into perspective he said, during the 2000 coup, Members of Parliament who had a chiefly status should have executed proper authority as stipulated by then Constitution to restore law and order.

The Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, who is a Bau chief, is on trial along with five others – Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Sports Minister Isireli Lewiniqila, Viliame Volavola, Viliame Savu and Peceli Rainikama which began on Monday, 28 June 2004.

They face charges of taking an engagement in the nature of an oath to commit a capital offence.