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June 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebel leader George Speight said he would accept the appointment of ethnic Indians to the country's next government, giving new hope for an end soon to Fiji's government hostage crisis. Heading into a new round of talks with Fiji's military rulers about the makeup of an interim administration, Speight said it was possible that ethnic Indians could be included in the appointments made by a new president. "If that is the case we will accept it," Speight told reporters.
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August 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fiji's military leaders reached an agreement with rebel leader George Speight to end a six-week hostage crisis in the South Pacific nation, the Agence France-Presse said. The agreement is to be signed at 11 a.m. local time Saturday, AFP quoted presidential spokesman Joe Brown as saying. It would lead to the release, perhaps as early as Saturday, of the 31 political hostages held captive since the attempted coup May 19.
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July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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August 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fiji's military leaders reached an agreement with rebel leader George Speight to end a six-week hostage crisis in the South Pacific nation, the Agence France-Presse said. The agreement is to be signed at 11 a.m. local time Saturday, AFP quoted presidential spokesman Joe Brown as saying. It would lead to the release, perhaps as early as Saturday, of the 31 political hostages held captive since the attempted coup May 19.
NEWS
June 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebel leader George Speight said he would accept the appointment of ethnic Indians to the country's next government, giving new hope for an end soon to Fiji's government hostage crisis. Heading into a new round of talks with Fiji's military rulers about the makeup of an interim administration, Speight said it was possible that ethnic Indians could be included in the appointments made by a new president. "If that is the case we will accept it," Speight told reporters.
NEWS
June 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fijian soldiers in Suva, the capital, fired warning shots when vehicles carrying nationalist rebel leader George Speight and his backup team drove through a checkpoint, the military said. Speight was apparently returning from a hospital visit made for an unknown reason, it said. A backup vehicle was hit by a bullet after the cars refused to stop. Speight's vehicle continued to Parliament.
NEWS
July 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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