Wednesday, May 19, 2010
10 years since George Speight Coup
Today is the 10th anniversary of the George Speight coup when the government of Mahendra Chaudhry was overthrown.
At 10.45am that Friday morning, George Speight entered Parliament with six gunmen and took the Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, and some of his cabinet hostage.
George Speight, Fiji's second coup leader, is now in jail in Suva, the only coup leader to have been brought to justice.
His original sentence of death for treason was reduced to life imprisonment.