An investigation by Coupfourpointfive has found that detectives in Fiji were investigating 10 people for conspiracy before the December 2006 coup.
Our intelligence network, who have well-placed contacts in both police and the army, say files containing evidence of the shadowy figures, were removed from the police Criminal Intelligence Department Office, as soon as the military coup, led by the army commander Frank Bainimarama, was successfully executed.
Coupfourpointfive has also been reliably told that ousted Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes took incriminating evidence, contained in the files, with him when he left for Australia, a week before the coup.
At a press conference on November the 23rd, 2006, Andrew Hughes, Moses Driver and Kevueli Bulamaivalu, revealed they had credible information of a minimum of 10 people involved in conspiring against Qarase's government. The 10 included senior military officers, former military officers, senior civil servants, former and current politicians.
Sources say the Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and former Great Council of Chiefs chairman and leader of the National Alliance Party, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, were two people among the 10.
Their media interviews and statements following the coup condoned Bainimarama's action instead of condemning it.
When the interim government was formed in January 2007, Ganilau accepted the role of interim Home Affairs Minister while Chaudhry was appointed interim Finance and Sugar Minister.
Two other Labour stalwarts, Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi and Poseci Bune, were also appointed. It is not clear whether they too were involved in the initial planning of the Bainimarama coup, but they knew about it via Chaudhry.
Coupfourpointfive has also found that interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, was the legal advisor of the National Alliance Party and was involved in the conspiracy.
Hughes, Driver and Bulamaivalu were all sacked from the Police Force immediately after the coup.
The only person who still has evidence about the people behind the coup is Andrew Hughes.
Our military and police sources say some of their colleagues who believed Frank Bainimarama when he called for the removal of Laisenia Qarase in a clean-up campaign, now regret colluding with him to overthrow the government.