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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No sureties about Rinakama's release

There are conflicting reports about the release and whereabouts of the former Fiji MP, Peceli Rinakama.

Coupfourpointfive has been trying to verify his release as reported last week ,but no one has been able to say for sure if Rinakama is out of custody and where he is now.

We have now been told by a SDL member that Rinakama's family is also still in the dark.

It's been confirmed to us that he was arrested with SDL's national director, Peceli Kinivuwai, who has been released but family and party members have no iea of Rinakama's current whereabouts.

Coupfourpointfive's source says the whole situation is uncertain at the very least and there are very real fears for Rinakama's safety.

Adding to the uncertainty has been 'confirmation' from one government source who said he was released after five days but this was later contradicted by Esala Teleni, who insisted Rinakama was still in custody.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is basically the problemo where freedom of sppech and the press has been marginalised. It allows the thugs in control to abuse power and instill fear in the populace.

Anonymous said...

Since the media hands are tied, people must keep this in the forefront, they can anonymously put up posters simply with just Peceli Kinivuwai's name, chalk on sidewalks his name, simply yell out his name in a crowd, chant his name at sporting event, etc. Show some support for this brave native son.

Idiot/Savant said...

In NZ, anyone can go to court seeking a writ of Habeas Corpus on behalf of a prisoner, forcing the government to either show their detention is lawful or release them. I suggest its time to do that for Rinakama.

Anonymous said...

@Idiot/Savant.

This is not NZ - courts & judiciary there are open & transparent - unlike Viti where there not.

Courts here are not only illegal - but also compromised - have been for a long time.

Or as one eminent jurist once put it - their...

'Living a giant legal fantasy'.

Idiot/Savant said...

In which case seeking a writ of Habeas Corpus will reveal that, and help undermine support for the regime.

The regime's pretending to abide by the rule of law (mostly) is a weapon that can be used against them. And it should be.

Anonymous said...

Frank can detain and assault Rinakama as much as he wants but he cannot break Rinakama's spirit!

And the worse thing is that Frank is so thick that he cannot even recognise this.

What a state of things.

Radiolucas said...

@ I/S

Very good point - but once again, there are no that many people left who are willing and able to risk their lives and their families for this.

I know of too many lawyers and like-minded critics who have been similarly tortured and imprisoned by the military for no reason at all. It is a culture of fear, indoctrinated by an incompetant government whose only weapon is the threat of violence.

In summary, the whole lot of them need to be taken down to the beach and shot at dawn. Perhaps then more people will think twice about treason.

Another idea might be to setup a real government in exile - Australia and NZ owe Fiji for what has happened and should help Fiji do this.

Anonymous said...

@ Idiot/savant.

Read posting again - s l o w l y?

Judicial system is compromised - in other words they won't allow ANYBODY to do anything that will cause them embarrassment. Also any legal practitioners who would undertake such a course would be singled out - forced into a choice between poverty or exile - such as the Roko Tui Bau.

Anonymous said...

Acha right...a re maan sa leqa levu viji ni kua.