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Saturday, February 19, 2011

How revolutions happen: From Iran to Egypt

IRAN: 1979, 448 days long with 3,000 plus deaths. Goal was to overthrow the Shah. Revolution started by Democrats but Islamists took over. Goal achieved.
TIANANMEN SQUARE, 1989.

1989: Tiananmen. 51 days and an estimated 3,000 deaths. Goal was to establish democracy, abolish one-party rule and put an end to corruption. Goal not achieved. 

 

 

 

 

INDONESIA 1998

1998:  Indonesia. Ten days and an estimated one thousand deaths. Goal was to overthrow the oppressive regime of Suharto and abolish political cronyism. Goal achieved. 

 

 

 

 

UKRAINE 2004.

2004: Ukraine. 37 days and zero deaths. Goal was to annul a falsified election, ensure a new vote and put an end to corruption and censorship. Goal partially achieved.




TUNISIA 2010

2010: Tunisia. 30 days and 147 deaths. Goal: To overthrow the corrupt and unpopular regime of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Goal achieved.


EGYPT 2011

 

 2011: Egypt. 18 days and an  estimated 300 deaths. Goal was to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and about free democratic elections. Goal partially achieved.






Revolutions can be short and bloody, or slow and peaceful. Each is different, though there are recurring patterns - including some that were on show in Egypt.

Trotsky once remarked that if poverty was the cause of revolutions, there would be revolutions all the time because most people in the world were poor. What is needed to turn a million people's grumbling discontent into a crowd on the streets is a spark to electrify them.

Violent death has been the most common catalyst for radicalising discontent in the revolutions of the last 30 years. Sometimes the spark is grisly, like the mass incineration of hundreds in an Iranian cinema in 1978 blamed on the Shah's secret police. 

Sometimes the desperate act of a single suicidally inflammatory protester like vegetable salesman Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia, in December 2010, catches the imagination of a country.

Even rumours of brutality, such as the claims the Communist secret police had beaten two students to death in Prague in November, 1989, can fire up a public already deeply disillusioned with the system. Reports that Milosevic had had his predecessor, Ivan Stambolic, "disappeared" in the weeks before the Yugoslav presidential elections in 2000 helped to crystallise Serbian rejection of his regime.

Chinese template
Death - though in this case non-violent - also played a role in China in April 1989, when students in Beijing hijacked the officially-sponsored mourning for the former Communist leader, Hu Yaobang, to occupy Tiananmen Square and protest against the Party's corruption and dictatorship.

But although the Chinese crisis set the template for how to stage protests and occupy symbolic city-centre squares, it also was the most obvious failure of "People Power".

Unlike other elderly dictators, Deng Xiaoping showed energy and skill in striking back at the protesters. His regime had made a billion Chinese peasants better off. They were the soldiers sent to shoot down the crowds.

Protests against Suharto's "re-election" in Indonesia in March 1998, culminated in the shooting of four students in May, which set off a round of bigger demonstrations and more violence until more than 1,000 were dead. 

Thirty years earlier Suharto could kill hundreds of thousands with impunity. But corruption and the Asian economic crisis had imploded support for his regime. After 32 years in power, his family and their cronies were too rich, while too many former backers were getting poorer - a poverty they shared with ordinary people.

What collapses a regime is when insiders turn against it. So long as police, army and senior officials think they have more to lose by revolution than by defending a regime, then even mass protests can be defied and crushed. Remember Tiananmen Square.

But if insiders and the men with guns begin to question the wisdom of backing a regime - or can be bought off - then it implodes quickly.
Tunisia's Ben Ali decided to flee when his generals told him they would not shoot into the crowds. In Romania, in December, 1989, Ceausescu lived to see the general he relied on to crush the protesters become his chief judge at his trial on Christmas Day.

External pressure plays a role in completing regime-change. In 1989, the refusal of the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, to use the Red Army to back East European Communists facing protests in the streets made the local generals realise that force was not an option.

The United States has repeatedly pressed its authoritarian allies to compromise and then, once they have started on that slippery slope, to resign.

Sclerosis
Longevity of a regime, and especially the old age of a ruler, can result in a fatal incapacity to react to events quickly.

Revolutions are 24-hour-a day events - they require stamina and quick thinking from both protesters and dictators. An elderly inflexible but ailing leader contributes to the crisis. 

From the cancer-stricken Shah of Iran via the ailing Honecker in East Germany to Indonesia's Suharto, decades in power had encouraged a political sclerosis which made nimble political manoeuvres impossible. As Egypt reminds, revolutions are made by the young.

Graceful exits are rare in revolutions, but the offer of secure retirement can speed up and smooth the change.

In 2003, Georgia's Shevardnadze was denounced by some as a "Ceausescu" but he was let alone in his villa after he resigned. Suharto's generals had ensured he retired to die in peace a decade later - but his son "Tommy" was imprisoned.

Often there is a hunger among people to punish the fallen rulers. Their successors, too, find retribution against the old leader can be a useful distraction from the economic and social problems, which don't disappear with the change of regime. 

Other revolutions worth noting

  • East Germany: Sept - Nov 1989
  • Russia: 19-21 Aug 1991
  • Serbia: Sep - Oct 2000
  • Georgia: 2-23 Nov 2003
  • Lebanon: Feb - Apr 2005
  • Iran: Jun - Aug 2009
  • Tunisia: 17 Dec 2010 - 14 Jan 2011
  • Egypt: 25 Jan - 11 Feb 2011

Regime hypocrisy: new Chinese company allowed to be formed without local partners

 
 BIG SELL: Netani Sukanaivalu with Chinese Ambassador Han Ji Heng.

21.6million (US) factory
Fiji Times was forced to sell 90 per cent of its shares to local investors but the regime has encouraged a new Chinese factory in Suva that has no local partners.

The pugnacious and illegal Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, ordered the owners of the 140-year-old newspaper into local ownership or face closure, out of sheer vindictiveness.


And yet, the same 90 per cent local ownership principle was waived against the Chinese owned Tengy Cement (Fiji) Company Ltd, when the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources formalized the 99 year lease agreement last December with the company to build the country’s second cement factory in Veisari, Lami. Tengy was granted a 33 acres industrial lease.

The illegal Bainimarama regime had issued the Chinese investors with an industrial lease, cutting short the waiting period from 24 months to just eight weeks, a record breaking time. 


The illegal Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Netani Sukanaivalu, commended the work of various Government ministries and departments for helping facilitate the needs of Tengy Cement (Fiji) Company Limited in record time. 

“This is what Government had been saying all along, that Government ministries and departments must re-look at their systems and processes and ensure we reduce our turn-around time."

Sukanaivalu said what used to take government two years to finalise, took just two months to complete.  


He boasted: “Tengy is one of the first Chinese companies to accept the Prime Minister's invitation. I'm particularly pleased that the Fiji government has stood true to its commitment to facilitate - in the shortest time possible and within reasonable cost - the request from foreign investors. 

"Today, we witness a historic occasion in as far as government facilitation is concerned. What use to be 24 months turnaround time is now reduced to only two months. This means that government system and processes could be viewed to improve on our responsiveness.”

How it all began – A Passage to China

In August last year, the dictator Bainimarama announced that a Chinese cement producing company had expressed interest to set up a cement plant in Fiji. 


“This company has indicated its willingness to set up their business in Fiji and I welcome them,” the dictator said. He revealed that he was approached by the company and he extended an invitation to them to visit Fiji and ascertain the conditions for setting up the plant.

The setting up of another cement factory in the country in Fiji, the dictator claimed, will help decrease the price of cement by creating competition for the few cement companies in Fiji who are indulging in cartel activity. 

The dictator claimed the cement companies in Fiji had been asked to decrease the prices of cement but had not relented. “They have not done so and now it’s better to bring in another company to do just that for a lower price. Monopoly is bad for the people and I’ll make sure to put a stop to that.”  


Bainimarama said he was determined to break the monopoly held by the sole cement producer in the country - Fiji Industries Ltd. (Coupfourpointfive wants to know why, if we are to accept the dictator’s monopoly thesis,  his own army officers are monopolizing all crucial civil service and other institutions?)

The dictator had met the Tengy cement company investors during the Shanghai Expo, where Fiji also had a booth to entice investors to the corruption riddled Fiji. 


Also present with the dictator were Khaiyum (doubling up as illegal Minister for Trade and Commerce) and Fiji Trade and Investment Board  (FTIB) chairman Adrian Sofield, who had taken up his new post in June 2010. The Chinese ambassador to Fiji was also up there.

The Road to Company Registration in Fiji
A Coupfourpointfive investigation into Tengy reveals the Chinese company was awarded the Foreign Registration Certificate Number 10-01-79 on 21 December 2010 by the FTIB CEO. 

In awarding the Certificate, the CEO wrote to one Fugang Zao, P O Box 2563, Government Buildings, Suva, that the Certificate was for the Chinese company to establish a cement factory; and to manufacture and retail cement products.

The company was informed that “the foreign investor must have at least $250,000 in paid up capital in the form of cash from the operational date, to be brought fully into Fiji within the 12 months implementation period”. In addition, “the foreign investor must not engage in any other business activities not specified in this certificate”.

Jamnadas and Associates
The scandal ridden lawfirm of Jamnadas and Associates acted on behalf of the Chinese company. In this instance, it was not Renee Lal (partner in Jamnadas and Associates, and now accused of $400,000 fraud involving a Ghanian businessman) but Mele L Rakai, an Associate with the lawfirm who was involved in the formation of Tengy, as evidenced from his affidavit to the Registrar of Companies.

The two directors of the company are as follows: Teng Fei Zhao and Yu Bian. Both are Chinese citizens. The two gave their addresses as P. O. Box 2563, Government Buildings, Suva. The secretary of Tengy has been listed as one Ray Zhao.

The share capital of the company is one million dollars Fiji currency divided into 1,000,000 shares of $1 each, with power for the company to increase or reduce such capital.

The signatures of Teng Fei Zhao and Yu Bian, was personally witnessed by Dilip Jamnadas, solicitor, Jamnadas & Associates, Suva.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fiji's gang of thieves put on a fine show but can't hide the cracks

UNITED AND STRAIGHT UP? Hardly. pics FijiLive

The mourning and the farewells for Ratu Josefa Iloilo ended as they started - as a charade.
 
Remember, we had broken the news the 91 year old had died but it was 36 hours before Frank Bainimarama 'officially' announced it and the Fiji media were allowed report it.

 
In the past 11 days, that's pretty much been the tone of the mourning and tributes, with the country bitterly divided over the leadership of Iloilo. 


The regime has insisted the former president was a Great Son of Fiji .... an extraordinary leader, while many of us have rallied that he was, really, just a Great Mate of Bainimarama. The sort of mate that turned a blind eye or was all too happy to fall into line or slink off quietly when he'd been dicked over.
 
The charade continued right up to the last hours. As Iloilo was being laid to rest at Naburenivalu in Viseisei on Thursday, one of the headlines that morning was 'Forgive Us: Vuda pleads for Church Pardon.'

 
Made in a traditional ceremony by a village elder, the pardon was aimed at putting right any wrong Iloilo may have done in 40 years of serving the Methodist Church. In reality, he should've sought the forgiveness of the people of Fiji.

 
Today, that mistake was compounded with the new Tui Vuda - Ratu Eparama Kitione Tavaiqia - urging villagers to work together and support whoever is in Government, just as Iloilo did. 

 
The regime's hierarchy, has of course played the biggest pretence of all, maintaining a united front of support for Iloilo, putting on a 21 gun salute, turning out for the service and burial in their military best, despite deciding to hold their Cabinet meeting earlier in the week. (Did anyone spot the megalomaniac Sayed Khaiyum at the proceedings?)

 
But the kinship within the hierarchy is the biggest fallacy of all. The regime is wracked with division and corruption, despite the seemingly upright behaviour of top military personnel at this week's state funeral.


SUSPICIOUS: Who to trust?
And Frank's not as unaffected as he'd like us to think. He's jumpy - take a look at that photo of him, looking suspiciously over at the camera.

Warm with the knowledge the newbies in his line-up are probably toeing the line, it's the sour but tired old guard who have it in for him, that gnaws at him, even with the failed plot behind him.

But that's to be expected. For as we all know, true rest for the wicked only comes in death.

IN TUNE? We think not.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Illegal regime too gutless to charge 'plotters'

Regime afraid a trial will reveal widespread fallout and corruption



 

Key evidence found at Padarath's house

The military regime is in a dilemma over whether or not to press charges against the staunch coup supporters and perpetrators who were conspiring to overthrow Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Khaiyum and their dictatorship administration.

The identification
of several key personnel who were an integral part of Bainimarama's regime but who are trying to overthrow him and his side-kick Sayed Khaiyum, was revealed last week after the arrest of con man, Ben Padarath.

Note that we reported that Fiji Labour Party stalwarts Poseci Bune and Felix Anthony were taken in along with Padarath. 



The former Attorney General in Mahendra Chaudhry's government, Anand Singh, was also caught in the sweep and we've since learned Singh was locked up for more than 10 hours late last week.


Top officers fingered
Significantly, though, the military's radar was also on Brigadier General Mohamed Aziz and former Land Force Commander, Brigadier Pita Driti.
 

Our military sources say certain documents were found pointing to a plot to overthrow the regime when military intelligence raided Padarath's home after his earlier arrest for links with lawyer Renee Lal and a Ghanian businessman.


The discovery led to intense grilling of Padarath and a brutal bashing where he received burns from hot water and three broken ribs. He was admitted to Colonial War Memorial Hospital where he remains a patient.

But military sources say Padarath basically spilled the beans in an effort to save himself and offered to be a State witness against those he is believed to have conspired with.

According to military sources, a list of names of whose who in the regime - as well as its staunch supporters like Bune and Anthony (both served the regime) Driti, Aziz and other senior military and police officers - was discovered in Padarath's Suva home.

  
President and lawyer implicated
Also found was a draft, three-page Decree with the name of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as its supposed signatory, removing Bainimarama's regime, appointing a civilian administration and appointing a senior military officer as the new army commander.

Military sources say the Decree they found cited various reasons justifying the removal of Bainimarama's regime. According to the Decree, the following were the main causes of concern:

a) the regime's failure to follow former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's plan of January 2007
b) excessive corruption including some details about Bainimarama and Aiyaz Khaiyum
c) economic deterioration and total lack of transparency and accountability.

Military sources have revealed Padarath told them the Decree was drafted by Suva based lawyer, Neel Shivam, who is extremely close to Aziz, and who has scored lots of legal work, thanks to the connection.

But despite what appears to evidence to charge, military sources say the regime has been advised to proceed with caution. It's been told not to press charges like conspiracy or attempted treason immediately, because the plotters were pillars of strength for Bainimarama's regime and pivotal in cementing its power.

Military sources say the regime has been advised that if the matter is brought before the Court, then the key piece of evidence against the conspirators will have to be the draft Decree. And if the contents of the draft Decree, plus the defence evidence of the conspirators is revealed, media exposure will embarass the regime. 

The sources add that damage to Bainimarama and the regime will be severe because details about his and Aiyaz Khaiyum's corrupt activities - and the regime's misdeeds and failures - will come from former allies, who once held key and strategic positions, but are now conspirators.

The sources say it has been decided that investigations with key personnel like Aziz and Driti will proceed cautiously, and they will not be grilled as Padarath and Co have been. 


The players: Dictator Bainimarama, Sayed Khaiyum, Mohammed Aziz, Piti Driti, Epeli Nailatikau (left), Ben Padarath (left) and Neel Shivam.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

PNG job deal a golden opportunity for Fiji's lazy army

COUP BABYSITTERS:  Soldiers (above and below) serving the interests of a corrupt regime instead of working for the good of the country.





 Put them to work!

The illegal regime says mineral rich Papua New Guinea has asked it for five thousand (yes, that's right) workers for its its oil, gas, and mining industry.

The idea was revealed today by the illegal Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Netani Sukanaivalu, who told FBC News PNG has told it needs labourers and experts.

Sukanaivalu says the illegal government is going through the proposal but can already see the huge opportunities for Fiji - the thousands of jobs that'll be created and the income that'll be generated for the economy.

The PNG mining industry has raked in billions of dollars for the Melanesian government and Sukanaivalu believes Fiji can get a slice of the action.

We don't know yet how real the jobs are or when and how PNG will decide on the workers. It's certainly a lot of people to find but we think Fiji has a ready made group, the army.

We say the illegal regime should send the army to Port Moresby and let it do something productive for a change - some honest work instead of being Checkpoint Charlie's and at the beck and call of corrupt dictators and illegal attorney general's who can't  sleep at night without police or soldier's at their gates.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

False promises from Dictator Bainimarama to rule 'justly'

FALSE PROPHECIES: Promise to be just.
SHAKE ON IT: Plus prayers.
"Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had gotten advice from leader of the world wide Seventh-day Adventist church Dr Ted Wilson, who urged him to rule the country justly.

Bainimarama was pleased to have the Scriptures read and explained to him. Pastor Wilson recommended the counsel found in Micah 6:8 and urged him to rule justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with his God.
 
"The primary concern of government is to serve and look after the people," the Prime Minister said. "The counsel from God's Bible is wise and I have listened to it."

And both leaders prayed together.

The world president also thanked the Prime Minister for providing religious liberty throughout Fiji. "It is a basic human right to allow all people the freedom to worship," Pastor Wilson said.  

Dr Wilson also visited with the President of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Nailatikau. He gave both leaders a personalised copy of the book "The Desire of Ages" by Ellen White.

"Please do not put this book on a shelf somewhere," he asked. "Please add it to your personal library."

Both Fijian leaders encouraged Seventh-day Adventists to continue their educational and spiritual work with the people of Fiji. 


Pastor Wilson was accompanied by Pastor Waisea Vuniwa, the president of the Trans Pacific Union and David Gibbons, Communication Director for the South Pacific Division. record.net.au

Footnote: Micah 6:8 reads: "He hath shewed me thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God?"

Coupfourpointfive thinks a more fitting parable on this occasion is that of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem, and how the people lay down their cloaks in front of him, and also lay down small branches of trees. Loved and respected, they sang part of Psalm 118 ... Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father, David. ...Psalms 118:25-26.

We say that despite his repeated claims he is saving Viti, Bainimarama is no Saviour, but an ass.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Illegal appointees' parade of loyalty

Honour among thieves!
 
Illegal army commander Frank Bainimarama and cohorts turned out in full uniform today to lead the farewell for former president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, the man who legitimised his 2006 coup.

Iloilo abrogated the 1997 Constitution and appointed Bainimarama prime minister.

Epeli Nailatikau, the current President, was also at Government  House today to usher in Ratu Josefa's body, where he is lying in state until tomorrow, (Tuesday), when he is moved to Viseisei.

Nailatikau was vice-president at the time constitution was abrogated, inheriting the presidential mantle when Iloilo was 'retired' by the regime.

Pictures: Avikash Chand, FijiLive

Australian diplomat: elections should be held before 2014

'We are not seeing steps to return Fiji to democracy and that is a concern'

The federal government has voiced fresh concerns over the Fijian military regime's failure to move the country back towards democracy.

The concerns were raised by Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles (above right), who joined Pacific islands foreign ministers in Vanuatu on Monday to discuss Fiji's future.

Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (right) used the meeting to tout his government's vision for "a better Fiji", but Mr Marles said there was little evidence of real progress.

"We are not seeing steps to return Fiji to a state of democracy and that is a concern," Mr Marles told AAP after the meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum ministerial contact group.

Fijian interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006, has pledged to hold elections in 2014 but the Australian government wants them sooner.

"We need to see a return to democracy at the earliest opportunity, and 2014 is a long way off," Mr Marles said. "It can be done before then and it should be done before then."

Ministers expressed concerns over Fiji's extension of emergency regulations - introduced in April 2009 - that curtail press freedom and human rights.

Mr Marles said there were no plans to lift sanctions on Fiji. "I think (the sanctions) are necessary and I think they are working," he said.
Ratu Kubuabola invited the ministerial contact group to visit Fiji. Mr Marles said he hoped that invitation would be honoured, given that Commodore Bainimarama withdrew an invitation last year.

The Pacific Islands Forum suspended Fiji in 2009 but created the contact group to continue dialogue with the regime. (By Adam Gartrell, AAP Diplomatic Correspondent, for the Sydney Morning Herald)

And from a Radio Australia interview with Pacifc Beat's Bruce Hill:

HILL: We often hear that there are differences in approach to Fiji between Australia and New Zealand on one hand, and most of the other forum countries on the other. No one argues that they don't want democracy returned. There seems to be a division of opinion on how to go about that. Is that division there in that meeting today?

MARLES: I don't think so actually and I think what characterised this meeting and indeed what it characterised discussions with people I've had around the Pacific is that there is a high degree of unanimity about human life in Fiji. People want to see Fiji return to democracy and that is a deeply held view of all the leaders in the Pacific that I have spoken with and I think they need to get there as quickly as possible while well understood by all the participants in this meeting. So I think there is a high degree of unanimity and that was very constructive.

HILL: So aside from the invitation for the Ministerial Contact Group to perhaps visit Fiji in the near future, has anything else really changed or are we still back where we always were with a bit of stalemate?

MARLES: It's not a stalemate in the sense that I think in the face of what's occurring in Fiji, it is a very important ongoing process for the countries of the Pacific to state their concern about the way in which governance is occurring in Fiji. We've seen a recommitment to that position today, a reaffirmation of that position today and there is enormous value in that. I think it was a cordial meeting, it was constructive, I think it was good for the Fijian interim foreign minister to hear those views, to see that unanimity and it was also good to hear from him as well.


New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, (right) says the status quo stands regarding Fiji and the Pacific Forum.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Breaking news! Major military probe underway and fourth man questioned

Frank Bainimarama's illegal regime is carrying out a major military probe into attempts to overthrow him.

A fourth man was taken in for questioning last night - Felix Anthony, the General Secretary of the Fiji Trade Union Congress - and it's believed two high ranking officers have also been questioned.

The officers have been named to Coupfourpointfive as the deposed land force commander, Pita Driti, and Brigadier General, Mohammed Aziz. 

We are seeking more information about this development, especially the inclusion of Aziz in the sweep, but military sources have told us the regime is currently conducting a major army operation to identify dissenters and plotters.

We've been told the three men who were questioned earlier this week - former cabinet ministers Poseci Bune and Anand Singh, plus businessman Ben Padarath - were interrogated about 'suspicious' documents.

Coupfourpointfive has been told documents, apparently of a plan, were found in Padarath's Suva home.

Readers will recall that late last year, tension and soured relations boiled over at camp and it was widely believed disenchanted officers were to remove Bainimarama.

Footnote: Felix Anthony was released after five hours in custody. Padarath is in hospital for burns received during his interrogation. See earlier Coupfourpointfive stories.

Tributes herald state funeral for former president

He has been hailed as an extraordinary leader but if the  history books are honest, he will not be remembered as that pure.

The state funeral for former president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, gets underway tomorrow and some of Fiji (and her friends) are preparing to farewell him as a Great Son.


The prime minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano: A loyal chief and a true gentleman who will always be remembered with great respect in the region’s history for the many accomplishments he achieved in Fiji and the Pacific. In all his endeavors, whether as Head of State, as a politician, or as a traditional chief and leader of Vuda – Ratu Iloilo was characterized by the traits of his loyal, firm, polite and humble demeanor.

The United Nations Resident Co-ordinator, Knut Ostby: Fiji and the world has lost an extraordinary leader who was totally committed to the progress of the country and the betterment of all its citizens.

Nauru’s former High Commissioner to Fiji, Dr Ludwig Keke: Fiji has lost  a great chief. A great man of great responsibility and a highly respected leader. 

The president of the Asian Development Bank, Haruhiko Kuroda: Ratu Josefa has been the voice of reconciliation and an advocate for a harmonious society in Fiji during difficult times. He stood for stability and traditional values while championing the cause for development for all Fijians.

The general manager of the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Peter Hopgood: Tui Vuda paved a way for all the people of Fiji to imitate. He served the people of Fiji very well, from being a teacher, civil servant and then as president. He was a staunch Christian, who lived what he preached and in so doing played a very crucial role in a time of uncertainty in Fiji when it was in great need of firm, unwavering leadership.

The CEO of National Fire Authority, Jone Koroi: He was a human rights crusader of inimitable courage, a philanthropist and a patriot with great commitment to nation building. Ratu Iloilo was dedicated to the unrelenting pursuit of good governance, equity and justice for all.

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji President, Bhuwan Dutt: Ratu Iloilo was a humble and peace loving person who worked hard for unity in Fiji. 
 
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry: He served during extremely difficult times and was constantly under pressure from various political groups. It is a credit to Ratu Iloilo's tenacity he remained in office as long as he did, balancing the interests of the nation against the pressure on him.

Acting CEO of the Sugar Cane Growers Council, Sundresh Chetty Ratu Josefa was a true statesman and had a special place in his heart for sugar cane farmers and their families and never wanted them displaced.

The regime's illegal Education Minister, Filipe Bole: He was a progressive leader who wanted Fiji to maintain a peaceful relations with sovereign leaders. (collated from FBC, FijiVillage, FijiTimes, Fiji Sun and FijiLive)
  

Former attorney general one of three men questioned

POSECI BUNE
The third man taken in for questioning by the military this week has been named to Coupfourpointfive as Anand Kumar Singh, the former attorney general of Fiji.

Singh, a cabinet minister in the Mahendra Chaudhry government, was questioned along with the former deputy leader of the Labour Party, Poseci Bune (pictured right) and businessman, Ben Padarath (pictured below).

BEN PADARATH
All three were released but Padarath is in the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva being treated for burns received during the interrogation.

It's believed the trio were questioned following the discovery of 'suspicious' documents. A source close to one of the men confirmed military had searched his home for documents.

Additional information acquired by Coupfourpointfive suggests the men were questioned for discussing the 'toppling' of Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum when rumours were flying late last year.


The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the military and police are continuing their investigation and that a senior officer with the Ministry of Health was also spoken to. 

Editor's Note: Story originally posted Saturday February 12 at  4.45pm