Fiji. In February, George Speight, who led a coup in Fiji
in the spring of 2000, was sentenced to death for treason.
Just a few hours later, the sentence was converted to life
imprisonment. According to
Countryaah website, speight had pleaded guilty to the crime,
which, according to some analysts, was because he wanted to
protect leading ethnic Fijians who supported the coup from
being exposed during the trial.
At the coup, Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry was
deposed, and several government and parliamentary members
were held hostage for several weeks. Chaudhry was the first
Indian of India to be elected prime minister.
His successor, Laisenia Qarase, still refused to allow
the Indian-dominated Labor Party to take office in the
government, despite both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme
Court ruling that he thereby violated the constitution.
According to this, all parties that have received more than
10% of the votes must be prepared for seats in the
Tensions between Indians and ethnic Fijians continued to
be strong. Many Indian tenants, who cultivated sugar cane,
had not renewed their contracts after they expired at the
turn of the year. Thousands of Indo-Fijians were also said
to have left the country.
Prime Minister Qarase was accused in June of voting
during the parliamentary elections in 2001. The government
rejected the accusations. Qarase's party Soqosoqo Duavata ni
Lewenivanua (SDL) received a majority in parliament with a
During the year, a trial was held against 15 soldiers who
had been charged with mutiny for six months after Speight's
coup attempt. The leader of the mutiny, Captain Shane Steve,
received life imprisonment, while the others received prison
sentences of between 18 months and eight years. Even before
the trial, the government had announced plans to abolish the