BAINIMARAMA SAYS HE’LL THROW POLICE PROBE ‘OUT WINDOW’

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BAINIMARAMA SAYS HE’LL THROW POLICE PROBE ‘OUT WINDOW’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 26) - The Fiji army says that police investigations of its senior officers will not succeed as the Army will "throw it out the window".

Army chief Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told Fijilive that if Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase does not accede to the military's demands to drop all investigations into its officers then the army will do it.

"What's the big deal about this investigation? He asked. "My intention of removing this Government is clear. If they are going to prosecute me if my clean-up campaign fails then it is their concern. They should just be ready to prevent it from happening - Hughes, (Deputy Police Commissioner Moses) Driver and (Assistant Police Commissioner Crime Kevueli) Bulamainaivalu."

The three police officers had, on Thursday, held a press conference and emphasized their resolve to investigate the army and ensure that "no one is above the law".

There are seven allegations against the army's top echelon, including the alleged attempt to oust Government.

Commodore Bainimarama claims that police "are trying to distract us and take us to court before we conduct the clean up campaign. Why do they keep bringing up this investigation when we are going to throw it out the window anyway? It's no use," he said.

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions Josaia Naigulevu has given an opinion on one of the Army files that Police has forwarded to his office, but he wouldn't confirm the opinion.

Naigulevu told Fijilive.com that he has received two of the seven investigation files that Police have against senior army officers.

"I will not confirm if [we had recommended] a charge. It may not help in national security."

Hughes said it is best to take out a summons rather than try to arrest Commodore Bainimarama.

The army head is expected to return to Fiji from New Zealand early next week, along with his body guards.

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