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Police To Unmask Coup Instigators

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SUVA: A pre-dawn telephone call by rebel leader George Speight on the morning of May 19 is likely to trigger a spate of high-level arrests, reports the Fiji Times.

More than 10 high profile personalities are likely to join the Speight group at their Nukulau island prison.

Senior law enforcement sources involved in the investigation confirmed last night that arrests were imminent.

Evidence collected so far point to the involvement in the coup of a number of very prominent Fijians.

The members of at least two chiefly families face arrest and imprisonment on Nukulau once the investigation is complete.

Sources last night said the inquiry was at an advanced stage.

Members of one of the chiefly families attended a meeting with Counter-Revolutionary Warfare Unit officials and other key participants on the Wednesday before the coup.

Those implicated include politicians, business identities, top civil servants and military personnel.

The call by Speight on the morning of the coup to the high-level official led investigators to the suspects who now face arrest.

Charges will be laid as soon as investigators decide on the nature of the crimes committed.

They have studied video footage of the events at Parliament House on and after May 19 in their efforts to identify further suspects.

Those identified by the invesyigators played little if any public role in the events of May 19, preferring to remain in the background.

But investigators are convinced they were involved and should answer for their actions.

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