Ioane Naivalurua’s CRW Unit stormed Parliament in 2000 and later mutinied at the QEB Barracks to kill dictator Frank Bainimarama who escaped dressed up as a ‘marama’ – woman!
If anyone has blood on his hands, it is the new police commissioner Ioane Naivalurua, a deeply malleable character. He had set up the Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit with Major Ilisoni Ligairi for the father of the coup culture, Sitiveni Rabuka and was “a Rabuka Man” once.
The CRWU, shorthand for the First Meridian Squadron, the unit's formal name, was disbanded in 2000, and was the brainchild of Rabuka. The Unit was involved in George Speight’s 2000 coup, the munity at the QEH Barracks, and was accused for attempting to assassinate the dictator Bainimarama in the failed mutiny.
Although Rabuka was credited with the establishment of the CRWU, Major Ilisoni Ligairi, the former SAS officer, was the founding father. Naivalurua was part of the team which had a hand in the formation of the CRWU, a fact hardly known outside the QEH barracks.
We are not surprised with Rabuka heaping praise on Naivalurua in the Fiji Times yesterday, in the 'Top man a born leader' story: “He was good at all levels of command he was in. He was destined to be commander.”
Coupfourpointifve can reveal that one of the reasons Naivalurua asked to become Prisons Commissioner after the 2006 coup was to ensure that George Speight, Jo Nata and others convicted for the failed coup kept their mouths shut! After all, it was CRWU, a handmaiden of Naivalurua, which brought so much death and destruction to Fiji.
He is now policing the police, instead of sharing a cell with other CRWU mutineers, who attempted to kill the dictator in that failed mutiny at the QEH barracks.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jo Nata meeting illegal Finance Minister Mahendra Chauhdry, with Naivalurua on hand as Prisoners Commissioner in December 2007