Fijian troops cannot be tried under Sharia Law: RFMF Commander
13:10 TodayTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
The Commander of the Fiji Military Forces Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says the detained Fijian soldiers cannot be tried under Sharia law as current agreements do not allow it to happen.
The Times of Israel reports the al-Nusra Front has threatened it will put the Fijians on trial under Islamic law as there has been no breakthrough in talks on their demands. Tikoitoga says, to his understanding, the Sharia law only applies to Muslims who breach the teachings of the Quran and as far as he knows, none of the Fijian soldiers have done that.
I must say that all UN Missions in any country has a memorandum of agreement with the host country – that our soldiers that whatever they do in those countries cannot be tried in those countries. They can only be expelled by the countries but it’s up to us to try soldiers that may misbehave in the countries that they work in. Tikoitoga adds, the news article is speculative of the situation because as far as they know, the Al-Nusra Front group has not made any such threats.