Fiji Trade Union Leader Told To Prove Alleged Military Assault

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Felix Anthony contends PM Bainimarama threatened him

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Aug. 8, 2012) – Fiji's interim government says it is up to trade unionist Felix Anthony to provide evidence of an alleged assault by military personnel.

Mr. Anthony, who is secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, says he was assaulted 18 months ago, but says he did not lay a complaint at the time because he says there would have been no point.

In his official complaint to the police, he's named the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as having made threats to him about his union activity.

But the permanent secretary of Information, Sharon Smith-Johns, says the police investigation can't go ahead because Mr. Anthony isn't cooperating.

"We have to deal with facts not hearsay, so it remains that Mr. Anthony has not provided any evidence to the police since his original complaint on July 13, 2012," she said.

Mr. Anthony says reports that interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama was involved were incorrect.

"No, that was not the case. He only threatened, but his officers assaulted me," Mr. Anthony told Radio Australia.

Fiji's interim government said in an earlier statement the complaint was aimed at promoting the union leader's personal agenda.

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