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Charging of Speight a necessary step

11 August 2000 Media Statement

Charging of Speight a necessary step

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the move by the Fiji police to charge Mr Speight and his key supporters with treason was encouraging.

"It is important that a clear message is sent to others that displacing a constitutionally elected government at gunpoint is a treasonous act which will be dealt with very severely.

"Charging Mr Speight and his supporters with treason is a necessary step on the long road back to restoring Fiji's international reputation," Helen Clark said.

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