The former head of Fiji's land forces has applied for a protection visa to stay in Australia, and says he would not be welcome back in his own country.
Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka's application is being considered by the Australian Government.
He is a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, where expelled Fiji-born academic Professor Brij Lal also works.
The colonel says Professor Lal, a colleague, is "quite well known to be a critic of Bainimarama and a critic of all coups back to Rabuka".
Colonel Baledrokadroka says Commodore Frank Bainimarama is sending a message to Australia that he does not want anyone butting in on what is happening in Fiji.
The Colonel says he had a political argument with Commodore Bainimarama in 2006 over his belief that Fiji's military should be apolitical.
"He wanted obviously to politicise the military as it is at the moment," he said.
Colonel Baledrokadroka says on present indications he would not be allowed back by the military-backed regime.
"Obviously no. It seems he is hell-bent on this tit-for-tat sort of childish response," Colonel Baledrokadroka said.
"He sees anyone who speaks out as an enemy.
"At the moment he is just hell-bent on retaliating against Australia and New Zealand.
"Any people - I suppose myself - speaking out ... there is a heavy news media censorship in Fiji, so obviously he can use that to throw anyone out of the country."
Asked if he considered himself a refugee, he said: "Basically, I have put in for a protection visa here."
Colonel Baledrokadroka expects to learn of his status in the coming weeks - ABC