Thursday, March 11, 2010
Movement worried about Rinakama and lack of coverage by local media
The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement says it has grave concerns about the lack of news and coverage by Fiji’s local media of the whereabouts of former parliamentarian, Peceli Rinakama.
Rinakama, who is from the highland province of Naitasiri, was last seen on Friday March the 5th following the sentencing of the Province’s Paramount Chief, the Qaranivalu, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata. Takiveikata was charged and found guilty by the illegal regime’s appointed court, of conspiring to kill Commodore Bainimarama.
In a statement, the Movement says it has confirmed with Rinakama’s family members in Fiji that he has not returned nor do they know of his whereabouts since he was arrested by the Military last Friday.
It's believed Rinakama could not hold back his emotions and anger at the way his chief was arrested, charged with trumped up charges, unfairly tried and sentenced to prison, that he verbally lashed out at soldiers gathered outside the Suva High Court complex following the sentencing.
A few minutes later, he was arrested by soldiers at the Suva home of Takiveikata and has not been seen or heard from since. Rinakama was part of group that had gathered at Takiveikata’s residence in the Suva suburb of Toorak. The Group had gone there following the sentence hearing to console Takiveikata’s family and were just about to partake in a social kava drinking session.
The Movement is concerned that it has been five days and the Military has once again reacted predictably to any voice of dissent against the illegal Bainimarama Regime and the Fiji Military.
A post mortem report on one of the dead CRW soldiers, Selesitino Kalounivale, who did not participate in the Mutiny but was arrested by loyal soldiers later on anyway, read ‘He (Selesitino Kalounivale) sustained numerous blunt impacts, particularly to the head but also to the chest and abdomen. All compartments of the head – front and back of scalp, forehead, eyes cheeks, mouth has received multiple blows. These have resulted in bleeding around the brain. The pattern of injuries indicate that this man has been severely assaulted.’
Following the coup of December 2006, a report by Amnesty International last year, has claimed there has been an ongoing and systematic pattern of arresting, beating and detaining, and releasing without charge of thousands of people. The pinstripe suited Bainimarama that talks to the United Nations, is a facade. The real Bainimarama is the hardman, the dictator who has stripped citizens of their rights, a self-appointed prime minister, who has allowed Fiji citizens to be taken in the night and beaten, killed even
The National Director of the Deposed SDL Party of Prime Minister Lasenia Qarase, Kinivuwai has been arrested and detained by soldiers on more than twenty five occasions since the December 2006 coup.
The systematic arrests by the military has also resulted in the death of Mr Nimilote Verebasaga and nineteen year old Sakiusa Rabaka. There are even claims that the death of escaped prisoner, Josefa Baleiloa, was due to beating by soldiers upon his arrest. These soldiers were reportedly masquerading as police officers and were part of the Police Group that went to arrest Beleiloa.
The Movement says it's mentioned these deaths and human rights violations to highlight to the World that Rinakama risks suffering the same fate as those that has been taking into custody by the Military in the past and the deafening silence of the Fiji Military five days after Rinakama’s arrest is a major concern.