Vice President Jope Seniloli’s release from prison on a compulsory supervision order has sparked off strong criticism from the army.
Army commander Frank Bainimarama described the move as a threat to national security, and questioned government’s motive in releasing a man found guilty of complicity in the 2000 coup.
Seniloli’s release was also strongly condemned by the Fiji Labour Party which has always accused the government of showing strong support and partiality towards all those involved in the 2000 coup.
Seniloli was granted a CSO on Friday by Attorney General Qoriniasi Bale supposedly based on a medical report. Government’s refusal to release details of the medical report has aroused suspicions.
He was sentenced to six years imprisonment for taking an illegal oath to serve in George Speight’s rebel government after the terrorist takeover of parliament on 19 May 2000.