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A-G Clarifies Parole System

Timoci Silatolu and Josefa Nata, who have been jailed after being found guilty of treason, have not applied for parole, says the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The
15 May 2015 09:26
A-G Clarifies Parole System
Member of Parliament Balmindar Singh (left), with Opposition member Aseri Radrodro yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Timoci Silatolu and Josefa Nata, who have been jailed after being found guilty of treason, have not applied for parole, says the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The A-G was yesterday responding to Opposition member Semesa Karavaki’s question as to why Silatolu, Nata and others, who had applied for parole, are still held in jail.

“They have not applied for parole; in fact there is no parole board at the moment so they have not applied for parole,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He further said a life sentence was not restricted to the minimum term given in court.

“When certain sentences are imposed the court actually says a person must serve a particular period so it’s mandatory, so in the cases which were pointed out – for Mr Nata it was seven years, it was life sentence but he must serve seven years.

Mr Silatolu’s life sentence – he must serve nine years. It does not mean after seven or nine years they can go out of prison, that is just a minimum period that is required but it is a life sentence.

“There is a particular process as to which they can apply.”

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