SOLDIERS THROW SUGAR EXECUTIVE OUT OF OFFICE

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 3) – Ousted Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Jagannath Sami was yesterday thrown out of his office by armed soldiers.

Two soldiers entered the CEOs office at about 3.20 p.m. and demanded that Mr Sami hand over the keys to the office.

The soldiers then escorted Mr Sami out of the premises.

But before leaving, one of the soldiers informed the council staff that if Mr Sami returned to the office and they did not inform the military, all staff would be taken to the Duke of Edinburgh Barracks in Lautoka.

"This afternoon, at around 3.20, two military officers stormed into my office and demanded that I get out of the office," said Mr Sami. "They also demanded that I hand over the keys to my office. I complied and asked for a receipt but the response from them was just get out. As I was making my way out, I heard one of them say that if I went back to the office and they did not tell them, all would be taken to the barracks. I came out of the building and drove to my home in the council vehicle," he said.

"Once at home, I called two of my staff to come and pick the vehicle and park it at the council premises for safety. The vehicle was picked by the council staff at 4.15pm."

Military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni said Mr Sami was terminated as the councils chief executive last week and should not be in the office.

Major Leweni said the soldiers were sent to Mr Samis office.

Military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had announced the suspension of Mr Sami as CEO last week.

The chairman of the sugar came growers council, Vijendra

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