SUVA, Fiji (June 27) – Fiji Army Lieutenant-Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini should return home to clear his name.

The High Court ruled last week that army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and the Commander in Chief and President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, were right in not accepting Lieutenant-Colonel Tarakinikini’s resignation, should be seen as an ideal opportunity for the truth to be known.

[PIR editor’s note: In 2000, a high court ruled that the resignation was to be accepted.]

One of the reasons why Tarakinikini’s resignation was not accepted was because he was still under investigation for his alleged involvement in that coup. The man has got to clear his name.

And not only that, the ghost of the May 19, 2000, political crisis has got to be buried for the nation to move forward. It is important that Tarakinikini comes in and gives his version of the whole event. The truth has got to come out for the sake of our future generations.

We cannot go on sweeping things under the carpet because it will one day haunt us. The illegal events of May 2000 will be only resolved if the main perpetrators are taken to task. With that done, true national reconciliation can take place. The law has got to take its course first. It is the only way to breed a generation of law-abiding citizens. Fiji cannot afford to go through another political turmoil as of 1987 and 2000

If Tarakinikini is innocent, he should not fear anything but have the will to come home and clear all allegations made against him. And surely, through his vast knowledge and expertise, his input of the true happenings behind the scenes of the 2000 crisis will surely help police round up their investigations. This could lead to more arrests and bring an end to the investigation process.

Already, the nation is heading towards good times with the formation of the multi-party Cabinet led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. But the future could be much brighter if only Tarakinikini returns home to tell the truth.

For Fiji’s sake, come home Filipo.

[PIR editor’s note: Tarakinikini is currently believed to be in Jerusalem working under the UN.]

June 28, 2006


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