August 2, 2000 |
Rebel leader George Speight has been charged with a series of criminal offenses and is being investigated for treason, police said Tuesday. The charges mean Speight is likely to be brought from an island prison to face a court in Suva, the capital, although a date for a hearing has not been set. Police official Moses Driver said Speight and several key supporters had been charged with offenses under emergency decrees in place in Fiji.
July 28, 2000 |
Fiji's president swore in a new Cabinet today, moving to restore calm in the South Pacific nation, which has been in turmoil since a May 19 coup. The government, led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, took office two days after coup leader George Speight was arrested and a day after the military said he might face treason charges. Qarase has pledged to strengthen the indigenous Fijians' grip on power--the key demand of the coup plotters.
July 27, 2000 |
At least one person was reported killed today as Fiji's military began a crackdown on supporters of rebel leader George Speight after his arrest on suspicion of arms offenses. Speight, who toppled Fiji's elected government in a two-month hostage standoff, was arrested Wednesday by the military. Troops then stormed a school in a suburb of Suva, the capital, where more than 350 Speight supporters have been camped for more than a week.
July 20, 2000 |
The democratically elected government toppled during Fiji's two-month hostage crisis met to discuss setting up a new state in the western part of the country, Fiji radio said. The meeting came a day after coup leader George Speight reportedly forced a delay in installing Fiji's new Cabinet, which raised concerns about a return to unrest.
July 15, 2000 |
The rebels who ousted this Pacific nation's elected leadership turned in their weapons Friday with a Fijian flourish: swapping whale's teeth and asking for forgiveness a day after they ended an 8-week-old hostage crisis. Businessman George Speight and his rebels--all ethnic Fijians--stormed Parliament on May 19 and seized dozens of members of the government.
July 14, 2000 |
Captors tearfully hugged captives in an emotional end Thursday to a two-month parliamentary hostage crisis that inflamed ethnic tensions in Fiji and ravaged the South Pacific nation's crucial tourist industry. Hours after the release of the last 18 hostages seized by rebels May 19, the Great Council of Chiefs--Fiji's traditional power--elected Ratu Josefa Iloilo as the country's president. Iloilo was rebel leader George Speight's handpicked nominee.