BAINIMARAMA: ATTACKS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL ‘RACIST’

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Exiled military commander has criticized Sayed-Khaiyum

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, May 26, 2011) - Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been strongly attacked by those working against the Government because they are racist by nature, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday.

Commodore Bainimarama said the people of Fiji now know the caliber of people who have been removed because these are the people who are calling for sanctions against Fiji as well as bringing back racist politics for their own self interest.

He said there were a lot of professionals in the public service who ran the government but Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum had been singled out because he is Indo-Fijian.

"Everyone blames the AG because he is one of the two Indo-Fijians in cabinet. It is more racial than anything else," Commodore Bainimarama said.

He also attacked statements from Tonga by former [Fiji military] commander Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara that his advice was not heeded, saying the former officer was immature.

Ratu Tevita is commonly known as Roko Ului.

He fled to Tonga while on bail on a sedition charge.

Commodore Bainimarama said, "If his views are not accepted it is because his views are not professional. If his advice is not taken on board it is because it is not constructive, but we the senior military officers know Roko Ului and his advice very well, it is mostly shallow and backed with a lot of emotions."

Commodore Bainimarama said Roko Ului is not going against the government due to alleged corruption but due to his own personal actions which led to his removal.

The Prime Minister said, "It’s not because of the allegations he is talking about, he was removed for things he did that were not supposed to be done and it started from there and he talked against the Government and went against the Government.

"He has now gone to Tonga and that’s the end of the story for him."

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