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Accident Compensation Debate Stopped

Compensation issues related to the victims of a horrific bus fire accident in 2008 are still before the courts and will not be debated further in Parliament. Opposition parliamentarian Viliame
08 Jul 2015 09:19
Accident Compensation Debate Stopped
Opposition parliamentarian Viliame Gavoka.

Compensation issues related to the victims of a horrific bus fire accident in 2008 are still before the courts and will not be debated further in Parliament.

Opposition parliamentarian Viliame Gavoka had asked Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar for an update on compensation claims for the victims.

Mr Kumar confirmed that the victims of the accident that claimed the lives of 12 villagers from Natokalau, Ovalau, near Naevuevu Village on August 29, 2008 each received $20,000 each as part of a settlement between the Land Transport Authority and families of the victims.

Mr Kumar expressed his sympathies for the families and said it was a tragedy felt by the whole nation.

The investigation into the accident was carried out by LTA, the Fiji Police Force, the National Fire Authority and the Australian Federal Police.

Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro questioned the $20,000 saying that according to a court document each family was promised $100,000.

However, further debates and questions were stopped after Government MP Ashneel Sudhakar revealed the matter of compensation was still before the courts.

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