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Claims Bainimarama, AG paid $400,000 yearly

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 23, 2011) - The former Fiji soldier who fled to Tonga says corruption is now rampant within the regime.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara fled to Tonga after being charged with sedition, saying he feared he would not get a fair trial.

Fiji is awaiting a reply from the Tonga Government on an application for his extradition.

In a You Tube message, Colonel Mara says that in order to stifle and cover up the corrupt dealings of the regime, the reports of the Auditor General on government accounts since 2007 have been hidden from the public.

"Let me say that the 2006 coup objectives are no longer any part of the regime plan. They are now indulging in unprecedented levels of self-enrichment never seen under any previous government. I am calling on the people of Fiji to unite first and then, we shall overcome the dictator soon before our Nation is completely destroyed by Khaiyum and Bainimarama."

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara says Commodore Frank Bainimarama and the attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, are being paid nearly US$400,000 a year, under the pretext of holding several ministerial portfolios.

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