Opening Fiji’s can of worms

George Speight addresses the media at the Parliamentary Complex in Suva at the height of the takeover. Photo: Supplied (IPI Global Journalist) / Rick Rycroft, Associated Press

Josefa Nata knows he’s expected to tell all, having featured prominently in the George Speight-led takeover of Fiji’s Parliament in 2000. In the long history of Fiji’s coups since 1987, this was not only the bloodiest, but its supposed proponent also appeared more the failed businessman pushing vested business interests than the champion of the Fijian “cause”.

Speight had been sacked as chief executive from the Fiji Hardwood Corporation and the board of Fiji Pine Ltd by then-Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry amid growing controversy over his involvement with the country’s lucrative . . .

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