|THE GOOD OLD DAYS: Former right hand man Driti (behind the dictator) now charged over alleged plot to overthrow Bainimarama, along with Ului (below).|
Coupfourpointfive can now name the two key figures charged this morning by the police as Brigadier General Pita Driti and Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara.
The former land force commander and the former chief of staff were charged this morning for last year's failed plot to overthrow the illegal leader, Voreqe Bainimarama.
Driti and Ului were removed from duty late last year after a souring of relations, with the regime saying they were on leave.
That leave has stretched into months as Bainimarama dithered over what to do with his estranged former supporters, who were pivotal to his 2006 coup.
The situation got stickier earlier this year after the dictator's former aides were fingered in an alleged plot to overthrow him when papers were found at the Suva home of Ben Padarath (Driti's nephew), detailing the attempt to topple the unpopular leader.
EDITOR'S NOTE AT 6PM: Driti and Ului have both pleaded not guilty to charges; Driti of uttering seditious comments and inciting to mutiny and Ului of one count of uttering seditious comments. Both were released on bail after appearing at the Suva Magistrates Court late this afternoon and ordered to surrender their passports. They will reappear at the end of the month.
|CHARGED: Ului and Driti. pic FBC News.|