Mahendra Chaudhry has told the Fiji Times there was no public meeting and that he was just having grog with his farmer friends.
The Times reported today that they had managed to reach Chaudhry for a comment and that he told them he was in Ra to assess the impact of the drought on sugar cane fields in Rakiraki.
Quote: "Mr Chaudhry said he had just sat down to have grog with his driver and some of his National Farmers Union Rakiraki branch officials at a house when they were taken in about 11am Friday."
Chaudhry told the paper: "There was no public meeting."
The former prime minister and the leader of the Fiji Labour Party told the paper the police said he had "information" when they took him in.
Coupfourpointfive was first to report Chaudhry's arrest on Friday night, saying he was taken in with five others, including his driver after meeting with farmers.
We have since been told police knew Chaudhry was going to be in Ra and that they had an exact location for him. We were also told they monitored his visit and knew how long he was in the house.
Coupfourpointfive was also told Chaudhry had been warned to only visit the National Farmers Union office in Ra.