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Life Sentence Remains For Speight, Says A-G

George Speight will continue to serve his life sentence. Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum was responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa on the current
14 Feb 2015 16:46
Life Sentence Remains For Speight, Says A-G
George Speight

George Speight will continue to serve his life sentence.

Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum was responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa on the current status of sentence for George Speight and others who took part in the 2000 coup.

“George Speight is currently serving a sentence for life as his matter has already been dealt with by the Commission and the Office of the President, that’s the status,”Mr Khaiyum said.

Ro Teimumu also questioned if George Speight, Timoci Silatolu and Shane Stevens can apply for parole. Silatolu had pleaded not guilty to a charge of treason but was convicted and received a life sentence for his involvement in the 2000 coup.

Stevens, a special forces soldier with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF),  was convicted for his involvement in the mutiny of November, 2000 and also received a life sentence.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded saying that there is a process that needed to be followed which had been laid out in the Constitution.

“Petition of any convicted will be presented to the Commission who will access the petition made by the convicted person and any such petition will also consider the views of the victims of any crime.”

He said there would be no changes to the Limitations of Liability for Prescribed Political Events Decree of 2010 that grants unconditional immunity to certain persons who were involved in prescribing political events of 2000 and 2006.

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