August 12, 2000 |
George Speight, the rebel leader whose raid on Parliament plunged Fiji into two months of crisis, smiled and listened to cheers from hundreds of supporters as he was driven to court in Suva, the capital, to face charges. Speight was not required to enter a plea during the hearing at the Suva Magistrate's Court. The charges against him included treason, conspiracy to commit treason and being an accessory after the fact to treason.
June 6, 2000 |
Under intense pressure from the international community, the head of the military government declared Monday that he will not give any more ground to rebel leader George Speight, who has been holding much of the country's elected government hostage for more than two weeks.
May 21, 2000 |
Rebels holding Fiji's elected government released 10 people today after the hostages signed documents backing an attempted coup leader, local radio reported. "We had to sign the conditions. It was a condition of our release," said John Ali, one of the government members released. Fiji's Radio 96 reported that 10 members of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's government--mostly indigenous Fijians--were released in two groups by the rebels, led by businessman George Speight.
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.
June 17, 2000 |
An international delegation came away from meetings with Fiji's military rulers on Friday with assurances that the military will return the South Pacific nation to democracy in two years. But the promises again put the military at odds with rebel leader George Speight, who is holding 31 political hostages and demanding that Fiji adopt a racist constitution and install him in power.
May 31, 2000 |
Just when a prolonged hostage crisis appeared close to resolution, Fiji's new military leader threw negotiations into turmoil today by naming the husband of a woman being held by rebels as the head of an interim government. The appointment of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who is also the son-in-law of the president forced from power this week, was seen as a slap in the face to rebel leader George Speight, who is holding much of the former government captive.