Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
Fiji Police to establish who planned Mara’s escape
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The Fiji Police Force is trying to ascertain who was behind Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara’s escape to Tonga.
Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri says they have established that Mara had a few associates who helped him flee the country.
Sokomuri says most of these individuals are now being investigated by police.
He has also confirmed reports – the Tongan Defence vessel PO Savea picked Mara up from within Fiji’s territorial waters.
“It was not a sea rescue as circulated by many press and media organisations. It was a planned and deliberate operation. The big question now is who organised the trip to Tonga and that is where our investigation is concentrating.”
Mara is currently living in the Tongan King’s villa in Nuku’alofa under heavy military guard.