We can confirm tonight that the regime's former Defence Minister and military dictator Frank Bainimarama's one time army commander, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, refused to sign orders to deport Fiji Water boss, David Roth.
Sources have relayed to us that the regime's Attorney-General and Bainimarama's blue eyed boy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, insisted that Roth be deported and wanted Ganilau to declare him persona non grata - similar to the orders Ganilau gave to deport two Fiji Times publishers and one Fiji Sun publisher in 2008 and 2009.
Our sources have not been able to establish why Sayed-Khaiyum wanted Roth's head on his platter. But they have confirmed that the Mara family is extremely close to Roth and are frequent visitors to his home in Suva, for lunch and dinner almost every week.
Even Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau - the wife of the regime's illegal President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau - is a regular visitor.
According to sources, Ganilau visited Ratu Epeli (both are sons-in-law of Ratu Mara) at Government House on Tuesday night urging him to take a stand against the policies of Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum.
Ganilau reportedly told Ratu Epeli that things were turning for the worse and completeley opposite to what they were initially told by the dictator. Ganilau told his brother-in-law (Nailatikau) that he was going to resign.
Sources say Ratu Epeli urged Ganilau to wait for Bainimarama to return from China but Ganilau said he had had enough.
They say if Ganilau's resignation is not a publicity stunt like Esala Teleni's (who is Fiji's Ambassador designate to China), then it raises serious questions about the relationship between the Mara family and Bainimarama.
Sources point out out that it was Ganilau who used his influence with his father-in-law Ratu Mara (the then President and army commander-in-chief) to appoint Bainimarama as his successor when he, Ganilau, resigned as military commander to contest the 1999 elections, along with Adi Koila and Poseci Bune, for the Ratu Mara sponsored Christian Democratic Alliance.
At that time, Sitiveni Rabuka who was Prime Minister, preferred more senior and capable officers. Bainimarama went on to become commander, despite being from the navy.
It appears the Maras and Bainimarama have crossed swords. Only time will tell who will be the victor and who will be the vanquished.