May 6, 2009

Regime releases guilty officers

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FIJI Uncensored has confirmed the release under a community service order of eight soldiers and a policeman who were jailed in March this year for the death of 19-year-old Sakiusa Rabaka.

The nine were sentenced to four years and four months in prison for manslaughter and assault.

Rabaka and two other youths had been taken to the Black Rock military training site on the outskirts of Nadi in January 2007 where they were detained for eight hours, stripped, assaulted and tortured.

Rabaka died a month after his detention.

The release follows a new regime policy that no police or soldiers will be criminally liable for any deaths they cause in the line of duty. – fiji uncensored


Democracy movement attacks regime over contradictions


THE president of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Usaia Waqatairewa has attacked Fiji’s military regime, criticising it for what he suggests is its inclination to be economical with the truth.

“All they have given us for the last two years and four months is lies, lies and damn lies,” he said.

Waqatairewa said it was dismaying to see the regime convincing itself that its statements were true. He said the sad thing about it was that the regime had made so many uncorroborated statements that it was beginning to contradict itself.

As an example Waqatairewa referred to Voreqe Bainimarama’s previous assertions that he had the support of most of the country. “Yet in his interview with journalist Graham Davis, Bainimarama said said there would not be immediate elections because Qarase would win again.

“Then in his next sentence he said Qarase was a spent force.

“The question we would ask is, why is Commodore Voreqe frightened of a ‘spent force’, given that he has all the guns and weapons, and right now has them cocked on the heads of every man, woman and child living in Fiji?”

Waqatairewa said FDFM would push ahead with its objectives of restoring constitutional democracy.

“A democratic government will remove the threat of fear and intimidation and also open up hope to investors who will bring back job opportunities lost when they took flight after 12/06.” – fiji uncensored

Regime to take PR program overseas

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UNCONFIRMED reports say Voreqe Bainimarama’s regime is about to extend its public relations offensive offshore.

Sources within the regime say diplomats and sympathetic politicians will be dispatched to selected islands in the Pacific.

With Bainimarama abolishing the island’s constitution and the island nation’s membership of the Pacific Islands Forum suspended, regime envoys will be out to make peace with its neighbours.

Polynesia will not be their first call given Samoan Prime Minister Sailele Tuilaepa’s strong criticism of Bainimarama and his military government.

Fiji – using its roving ambassador and former foreign secretary Ross Ligairi and other other senior diplomats—will look westward first, to its Melanesian neighbours of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Ligairi’s former foreign minister now appointed by Bainimarama as Vice President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is also expected to become part of the PR initiative. – fiji uncensored

Human rights group urges regime to reverse abrogation

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HUMAN Rights Watch has called on the interim regime to immediately reinstate the 1997 Constitution.

In a letter to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, the organisation also urged the regime to restore judges who were unlawfully removed from office and to withdraw government censors from all newsrooms.

Asia director of Human Rights Watch, Brad Adams said Ratu Josefa and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had run roughshod over basic freedoms of speech, association and assembly.

“After over two years of military rule, Fiji Islanders now face even more restrictions, instead of progress toward restoring democratic rule,” he said.

Human Rights Watch also called on Ratu Josefa to implement recommendations in four areas: independence of the Judiciary, freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly, and future elections, in particular:

  • Return immediately to constitutional rule, annul decrees made since April 10, 2009, in particular the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 1997 Revocation Decree 2009, Revocation of Judicial Appointments Decree 2009, the Administration of Justice Decree 2009, Public Emergency Regulations 2009, and the State Services Decree 2009 – and recognise the legal system as it stood prior to April 10;
  • Immediately cease the harassment and arbitrary detention of journalists, writers, lawyers, human rights defenders, and political opponents;
  • End interference with domestic and foreign media; and
  • Pursue electoral reform through the democratic processes guaranteed by the Constitution.

“President Iloilo claimed on April 10 that basic rights would be respected under the new order,” Adams said. “But it appears that the only current guarantees are ones of impunity, prolonged military rule, and reprisals against those who attempt to exercise basic rights.”

Former soccer player accused of spying for Australia

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A FIJI-BORN Australian citizen claims he was arrested and thrown into jail for three days on his recent travel to Fiji.

The man said he spent three nights in custody before his captors, whom he said were soldiers, released him.

“They actually apologised, saying they mistook me for someone else,” said the man who asked not to be named.

Soldiers, he said, initially accused him of being a spy for Australia.

“They apparently were monitoring my phone calls because they wanted to know to whom I had been talking on the telephone to.

“These people are crazy. All I was doing was calling my family and office in Australia.”

The man, an indigenous Fijian, used to be a soccer star in Lautoka before he moved to live in Australia. – fiji uncensored

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