FIJI ACTIVIST CALLS ‘PLOT’ DIVERSIONARY TACTIC

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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 5) – The Pacific Centre for Public Integrity has called on Commissioner of Police Esala Teleni to make public evidence to support allegations of a plot to assassinate members of the interim regime.

"Unless the Police Commissioner makes public immediately the evidence to support his allegations of an alleged plot then this whole exercise will be seen by the people of Fiji and the international community as a diversion tactic by the military and the interim Government to prevent a free and fair election,'' PCPI director Angie Heffernan said in a statement.

[PIR editor’s note: Angie Heffernan, a pro-democracy activist, was arrested in January by Fiji military officers for making statements against the military and the interim regime. ]

She believes it is also an attempt to divert attention from the military's failed attempts to have soldiers and police murder suspects in the Sakiusa Rabaka case, leave the country under a United Nations mission to Iraq.

She demanded that interim Prime Minister Bainimarama "come clean on whether the military and police action in the last 24 hours are an acknowledgement that he is going back on his commitment" to uphold the rule of law.

She questioned whether the law was followed in the arrests:"Will the Police Commissioner reveal whether the police have such warrants and court orders and reveal which judges approved them?"

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