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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Suva and Bainimarama remain quiet about assault allegation

No word yet from Fiji's illegal leader about the revelations he led the assault on three women pro-democracy advocates at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks, just after he seized control of the country by coup in 2006.

Fiji media have today all avoided the subject, continuing to operate under the strict censorship regulations, with no sign of a response yet from Frank Bainimarama.

In the past fortnight, Bainimarama has responded to coverage of wide belief that he won't be holding democractic elections even in 2014, denying he intends to keep ruling indefinitely.

He has also responded to confirmation that he's receiving more than $700,000 for overseeing six Cabinet portffolios, as well as the Commanders pay and a salary for being prime minister. He's also tried to dismiss persistent talk he intends to sack the illegal president.

But he has today, so far, stayed silent (apart from his henchmen trying to manipulate comments on Coupfourpointfive) about the serious allegations by his former number four, Roko Ului Mara, that dressed in a bush hat and overalls he was the first to strike three women on Christmas Eve in 2006, and that the crude assault included him jumping on their backs.

In today's Fiji Sun the headline, as bloggers have been quick to note screamed "LIES, LIES, LIES", but there has been no such wit or enthusiasm about the assault allegations.

Abused Fiji citizen: I remember a few faces and I am sure the person who started the beatings was Bainimarama

Coupfourpointfive interviewed this morning an individual who has been taken to camp and abused. For reasons of safety, they will remain unnamed. The details of the abuse, also at their request, have been downplayed to prevent retribution.


1) Who do you think abused you at camp?
I have always ascertained that Roko Ului, Driti and Frank Bainimarama were all there. I had my hair cut and was verbally abused and was told to know my place. 
I was taken into a room and I am sure that the person who began a series of beatings was Frank Bainimarama. The whole torture that night was done in the dark, but I remember a few faces. I saw Meli Bainimarama, Driti, and Frank Bainimarama. I have been arrested under the order of Ului Mara three times.

2) What do you think the Mara revelations do for the cause of human rights abuse in Fiji?
 
Mara proves that what we have been saying since 2006 has been right. Up until today, people have been abused and tortured in military installations under the directions of the Commander. 
He can provide insight to these tortures. I wonder when Sakiusa Rabaka had died, how such a brutal murder could not have changed their heart's ferocious need to hurt others.

Fiji agreed in 2010 with the United Nations Human Rights Council when she was reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review, that it would respect the Human Rights of its citizens, end the PER and move Fiji towards parliamentary democracy soon. We are now reporting that Fiji's dictator has been arresting and abusing people, and has lied to the UN Human Rights Council.

3) Mara says Bainimarama ought to be charged ... what do you think?
 
I am of the opinion that all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. All people have rights and need to be guaranteed the best options and assurance of the Law and courts.  The current status of play in Fiji where military organised beatings, torture and intimidation go hand in hand with a military infiltrated judicial system which may not be a reasonable process for Mara to return to. He is better off in Tonga.


All individuals who participated in arrests and abuses need to be charged under the law. And justice needs to be seen. RFMF soldiers have been arresting people, and a few too many have died, since 2000.


All the current henchmen of the military council who carry out torture and abuse in the name of the State, need to now seriously consider their personal convictions. They will only answer to the people and their God in the end.

4) Mara says he wants forgiveness. Do you forgive him?
 
Roko Uluilakeba Mara can be assured that I have forgiven him and all involved in the arrest, beatings and traumatic experiences I faced. No person should ever face this again or be made to feel unsafe in any nation by the State, especially. Mara should be rest assured that I do not hold ill feelings against him. 


Mara should now see the benefit to helping lead Fiji into a peaceful transition into democracy. He can still redeem himself and his family's name by turning to Fiji and his network of traditional followers and discussing peaceful methods to returning this nation to a democracy.


All people see justice in different ways. Some need to have others taken to court, some need a reconciliation commission. but the fact is, this nation needs to determine how they want to move forward.


As I said, I refuse to believe that the murderer of Sakiusa Rabaka following orders of the Military Council in 2007, which I believe included Driti, Mara and Bainimarama, should face justice and be put in jail. I think Mara and Bainimarama have to see themselves as the reason for why Saki was brutally tortured, which led to his death. Mara should seek more forgiveness for this.

Bainimarama and son both accused of beating women at QEB

IMPLICATED: Frank Bainimarama named by Roko Ului Mara as the unidentified soldier who beat the three women, and son, Meli Bainimarama, named in one of the affidavits.

Former third infantry commander, Roko Ului Mara, has named Frank Bainimarama as the prime instigator behind the vicious assaults on three women pro-democracy advocates just after the coup in 2006. Mara also says Bainimarama was around for many of the beatings but he only ever saw him hit women. Unlike later victims, the women were not able to fully identify or name their attackers despite their suspicions but the statement of one of them reveals the brutality of the beatings nevertheless.

LAISA DIGITAKI'S STATEMENT & SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
RE – PRO-DEMOCRACY GROUP OF FIVE ROUNDING UP AND BASHING, BY THE RFMF ON DECEMBER 24th ‑ 25th - 2006.

On Christmas Eve night of 24th December, 2006, a group of soldiers came to our home at I2 Kavika Place, Muanikau, Suva at around II.20pm in a rental car registration number LR627.

Members of the family who were at the property at that time were myself, Laisa Digitaki, my partner, Sitiveni Weleilakeba, our son, Mosese Qionibaravi (I9), and three daughters, Susana Qionibaravi (I7), Fiona Weleilakeba (I3) and Natasha Weleilakeba (8). A security guard was also on duty.

According to the guard, Marau Vakaloloma, of Matrix Security Company, the soldiers advised him through the closed electronic gate that they were there to take me to the camp.

The guard told them to wait outside the gate so he could advise us. He rang the door bell which was answered and opened by our son Mosese.

My partner Sitiveni, who was asleep with me heard the door chime and also went downstairs to the front door to check. He said the guard told him of the soldiers presence and he told our son to go back to his room and that he would talk to the soldiers. He walked over to the closed electronic gate and was informed by the soldiers that the order from their superior was to take me to the camp for interrogation.

My partner then came back into the house to our bedroom and woke me up saying that a group of soldiers were outside waiting to take me away. I went downstairs in my sleeping gown and - asked them why they wanted to take me at that ungodly hour.

One of them said that I needed to be taken to the camp immediately.

I told them that I needed to speak to my lawyers at Munroe Leys as I wanted to be escorted by them too. The guy mentioned that I need not speak to my lawyers as it would only complicate matters and that they needed to take me peacefully and that I should not fear as they claimed that we were all related anyway.

He also said that another group of soldiers was on their way and their job is to forcefully remove me from my home if I resisted. The gentleman who seemed to be their spokesman looked familiar to me as the SDL Nasinu Branch Secretary. I do not know his name.

I asked their spokesman if I could change into decent clothes of which he said yes. I went back to our bedroom and changed into a mustard Marcs three quarter pants, a “Fiji Me” bright green round neck T‑Shirt, pink golf cap, and brown leather Hush Puppies slippers. Before I walked out of the house, I called my Munroe Leys lawyer, Mr Richard Naidu, to advise him of what was happening.

I then walked out peacefully and into the yellow rental car with the soldiers.

I was introduced by the spokesman to each of them and he mentioned that the one sitting on my left was from Vanuabalavu, Lau, and the one on my right was from Namosi. The Namosi lad looked like the person who headed the Namosi soldiers who presented an apology to Commodore Bainimarama for their part in the 2000 coup. I do not know his name.

The other two soldiers were calling him Sir so I can only assume that he is a high ranking officer. Their spokesperson did not elaborate on the driver, who was also an indigenous Fijian.

They mentioned that they were also after Imrana Jaial, Virisila Buadromo and the rest of our pro-democracy youth group. Imrana's home is two houses away from mine and I told them to leave her family alone and that there was no point in going to Imrana's home since she was away overseas for business anyway.

The four soldiers were very friendly and we were even cracking some jokes on our way to the camp. They said that most of the soldiers were SDL supporters and that I shouldn't be afraid. I told them that even-though I helped with the SDL election campaign, I was totally against most of the things they came up with soon after the election and that I was not supporting SDL but was doing what I was doing not for the restoration of the SDL government but for the restoration of democracy and law and order in Fiji.

As we arrived at the camp, I was told to walk into a room situated on the left hand side of the main gate which I will call the guardhouse. The Namosi soldier gently requested that, I hand over my cap, Sony Ericsson mobile phone and Raymond Weil watch, which I did. They told me to sit awhile on a white plastic chair and after a few minutes, I was led into a passage way from where I was sitting and realized that they were cells. On my left, I noticed two young men asleep in the first cell in their underwear snoring and noticed another figure in the same cell but couldn't figure out whether it was a person as it was quite dark.

On my right, I noticed my business partner, Imraz lqbal, lying on his back on the cold cement in his red underwear. I greeted him before they locked me in the cell opposite Imraz's. After a few minutes, they opened the cell again and led me further down to the last cell where they locked me up again. The cell was darker than the one before. An indigenous Fijian soldier in civilian clothing came to me and started accusing me for talking against the army takeover. He ordered that the mattress I was sitting on be removed so that I could sit on the cold cement floor.

More indigenous Fijian soldiers walked over to my cell to peek with some saying their Bulas' while the others did not utter a word. Overall, the soldiers at the guard house were pleasant and not intimidating except for that gentleman who was angry about my pro‑democracy stand.

After about 20 minutes in the cell, the Namosi soldier came and freed me and asked if we could go together to get Pita Waqavonovono, another pro‑democracy advocate. He was very apologetic and told me that he was very sorry with all that was happening and the inconvenience it was causing.

I told him it was ok and that I fully understood that he was only doing his job for his family's welfare.

As I walked out of the guardhouse, I saw a man that looked like Meli Bainimarama, Commodore Bainimarama's son in full uniform and watching me walk out.

The Namosi soldier led me to a four wheel drive parked outside the guardhouse. He sat at the front passenger seat with the driver on his right while I sat alone at the back seat.

They drove me to Pita Waqavonovono's dad's house, Mosese Waqavonovono, opposite the St Agnes Primary School at lower Mead Road. The gate was locked and there were dogs barking from inside the gate.

By then, I noticed another white car with more soldiers park next to the car I was in. I deduced that it may have been an unmarked escort. The Namosi soldier then asked me politely to call Pita and to explain to him that he needed to come out and to join us peacefully.

I called Pita who advised that he lived with his mum and step‑dad at 58 Pathik Crescent Place in Namadi Heights. I explained to him that the soldiers wanted to talk to our group and that it was important that he adhere to their orders and to join me peacefully when we get to his place. He agreed. Our entourage went straight to Pita's house where I was again requested by the Namosi soldier to call Pita to walk out peacefully.

His step‑dad, Ratu Timoci Vesikula, came out first and asked the Namosi soldier what he wanted in the Fijian language. The soldier explained that they were there to take Pita to the camp. Ratu Timoci asked the soldier as to what type of leadership the army was doing for demanding his child's removal from their family home to the camp. The soldier replied that they only wanted to ask him some questions.

Ratu Timoci asked the soldier whether it wasn't enough for the army that his child was already taken to court for his peaceful protest and why the army demanded further interrogation when the matter was in court.

The soldier replied that he was only caring out orders from his superiors.

Ratu Timoci then asked for Commodore Bainimarama's number to tell him how disgusted he was with the way the military was treating his son and their leadership style. The soldier and Ratu Timoci exchanged angry words and the soldiers admitted that he did not know Commodore's mobile number. Ratu Timoci then invited the soldiers in for a cup of tea but the soldiers rejected his offer. He then sought assurance from the soldier that if they were to take his son, the army will have to make sure that they return him in one piece to their home. The soldier agreed.

Ratu Timoci then walked back into the house and walked Pita to the car I was in. Ratu Timoci and his wife said their hellos to me and we were transported back to the camp where I was dropped off again at the guardhouse. Pita was asked by the Namosi soldier to accompany another group of soldiers to pick Jackie Koroi as they were not sure where she lived. The soldier made some calls on his walkie talkie. He than advised me to run with him to a place he called the officer's mass which was about I00meters away from the guardhouse. He led me to this semi open hall which was in total darkness.

As we entered I noticed the silhouette of I person standing in the hall which turned out to be Virisila Buadromo. As I moved closer to talk to her, I heard a man's voice call out that Virisila move some I0 meters away from me.

I saw another silhouette of a man standing across the hall from me. I could not see their faces as it was very dark. Both men started asking us in Fijian language why we were making their lives miserable by talking against the military. I did not answer and one of them asked us to give them a reason why they should keep their soldiers out at the check‑points during Christmas. I answered that they were doing their job. They then demanded an answer from Virisila but she did not answer.

One of them asked me whether I was intelligent of Which I answered no.

One of them moved closer to me, he would be the same height as me but with a bigger and firmer built. He wore a hat pulled down to about eye level but I couldn't make out who he was as it was too dark. His voice sounded familiar to that of Pita Driti.

He lifted his arm and cocked a hand gun on my face and asked me whether I knew that sound. I answered that I did.

I could see the silhouette of the hand gun from the spec of light from a far off tube light at the top left hand corner of the building we were in. He then ordered me to sit on the floor at the spot where I was standing. I scratched my hair and he yelled why I was scratching my hair.

I told him that a bug crawled up my hair of which he screamed that I am not allowed to scratch my hair as it could not be a bug since there was no light. I kept quite and remained still.

After being interrogated for about 30 minutes, we were then ordered to run to the ground directly opposite the officer's mass. We were led down the road onto the steps to the ground up to a cement pitch which I presume is the cricket pitch.

We were told to lie face down with our arms beside us and chin up.

One of the soldiers asked me whether I was pregnant of which I said I was not sure. A pair of boots immediately jumped onto my lower and middle back and bounced on it for a few seconds.

The soldiers started calling us names and were swearing at us.

One of them walked to our faces and told us to kiss his boots which we did. One of the soldiers started accusing me personally and mentioned Naisoro (a friend and colleague during the SIDL election campaign), Chang (a friend and a business client of my PR company) and Weleilakeba (my ex‑husband and now a live‑in partner) and asked, "so how many other men have you f*&

He accused me of stealing money from Chang and blamed me for corruption.

I could feel boots running over my body followed by kicks on my sides and slaps on my face. Another soldier slammed my neck and than my face against the cement with his boots. I turned my head to the right in pain while he trembled my face on the ground causing my cheek to graze against the cement ground.

I felt a toad placed between my thighs and I heard a soldier say that a toad be given to Virisila to hold. She was lying face down next to me on my right and Imraz on my left.

Imraz was then told to crawl a distance forward and back again while they kicked him. I then heard Pita and Jackie marshalled in forcefully and told to lie on the cement and the same treatment was also given to them.

The soldiers said that from the camp we should go straight to our democracy shrine in Lami and dismantle it and that they do not want to see any shrine when day light breaks because they did not want their soldiers to see any more of it.

The torture and verbal abuse went on for about 45 minutes until one of the soldiers ordered that we get up and run to the gate. We ran across the ground and jumped over a ditch. Virisila fell in the ditch since she couldn't see too well after the soldiers smashed her glasses while we were lying at the cement pitch.

She managed to scramble out quickly. We stopped at the guardhouse by the gate to ask for our belongings but they told us to keep on running towards the main road which we did.

Pita Waqavonovono began to fall behind as he was very tired and I slowed down to be close to him.

Imraz, Jackie and Virisila were ahead of us as I was worried about Pita. After a while, I did not hear his footsteps behind me and when I turned back, I saw two soldiers pulling him back and beating him up so I decided to go back and help him but the soldiers angrily ordered me that I continue running forward or else I was going to get it too.

I caught up with the rest of the group at the main entrance to the camp at Mead Road and saw Ms Shameema Ali and other members of the Fiji Womens' Rights Movement and Mrs Gina Pickering of RRRT.`

They hugged Virisila and asked us what happened when the soldiers told us to keep on running along Mead Road.

We continued running while the NGO car followed, together with two military van packed with armed soldiers who were shouting out, "Toso, toso". We ran a while, walked and ran again when the soldiers shouted us to run. As we were nearing the turn off to Namadi Heights, the Namosi soldier appeared in his rental car and told us to walk as he could see that we were all very tired. We walked up the Mead Road hill and took the left turn off at Lovoni St, through Bureta St on to Princes Road.

We were passing Howard Place along Princes Road when Virisila's partner got off a car to join us.

Further down at the Indian Ambassador's Residence, Angie Heffernan, a member of an NGO got off a cab and ran towards us to find out what happened but we told her that we couldn't talk much or stop as soldiers were behind us in their vans. As we turned off to Reservoir Road, I noticed Imraz's twin cam parked opposite the Australian embassy together with the Namosi soldier's rental car.

He stopped us and gave us our belongings and told us that we were free to go.

We bade farewell with merry Christmas hugs and kisses before Jackie, myself and Imraz left in Imraz's car. Virisila and her partner decided to find their own way home from there.

We were driving to our Lami office and democracy shrine when we were stopped by soldiers at the Delainavesi checkpoint. We waited in the car for about 5 minutes before they gave us the ok to proceed.

When we reached the office, we noticed that the pro‑democracy banners were stripped off, the main door to my top floor office was broken together with the door to the middle floor office. Both offices were trashed with graffiti on the wall saying Merry Xmas Happy New Year Laisa Chang.

I picked up the spray cans strewed on the ground and sprayed over my name. Jackie was picked up by her grandmother and aunt while Imraz dropped me home at around 3.30am.

What an eventful X‑mas ! God Bless Fiji and its peoples and may democracy and law and order be restored soonest.

Laisa Digitaki

Friday, May 27, 2011

FRANK BAINIMARAMA BEHIND THE BEATINGS AT QEB: Roko Ului Mara

Illegal PM exposed as the one who led the assault on three women at camp

The former commander of Fiji's third infantry has revealed tonight in his fourth video that Frank Bainimarama, was the one who carried out the beatings on three women at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

The pro-democracy activists were Laisa Digitaki, Virisila Buadromo (pictured above with former US Secretary of State, Condaleeza Rice) and Jacquline Koroi (pictured right).

In his video Bainimarama the Beast, Mara says Bainimarama needed to clamp down on all protests to his illegal takeover, just after the December coup in 2006. "Anyone too vocal was taken up to QEB barracks, where they were assaulted and humiliated."

Mara says there were a number of soldiers at camp that night but he says it was Bainimarama, wearing a bush hat and brown overalls and no signs of his rank, who led the assault against the pro-democracy advocates.

He says Bainimarama landed the first blow ... then continued to punch and kick them. He says when they fell to the ground, he jumped on their backs.

Mara says it was dark and the women could not see clearly who their attackers were, and that Pita Driti, the land force commander at the time, was blamed for them. In reality, it was the illegal prime minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama.



Roko Ului's fourth statement in Fijian



Media Statement No. 4

Bainimarama The Beast

Lt. Col. Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, Commander of the 3FIR


Firstly I want to comment on the allegations made by Bainimarama that my statements are racist. 


I am not a racist and I have not made any racist comments. I have told Fiji that Bainimarama is in thrall to Khaiyum the Attorney General. Those remarks are about two individuals and race does not come into it. It is in the national interests of all in Fiji to understand that Bainimarama is the puppet of Khaiyum and we are following Khaiyum’s vision for Fiji and not Bainimarama’s.

I am the son of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. He was the founder of multiracial Fiji. His vision for Fiji included Fijians, Indians and all the races that make up our vibrant multicultural heritage. As his son I share those same values. Bainimarama playing the race card shows a shallow naval officer clearly out of his depth.

I will now go into my personal recollection of the events that took place:


In December 2006 Bainimarama needed to clamp down on all protests to his illegal takeover of Fiji. Anybody, too vocal, was taken up to QEB barracks where they were assaulted and humiliated. If he was not attacking their bodies he was attacking their property and organized a number of arson attacks against the people of Fiji.

One night 3 ladies Laisa Digitaki, Virisila Buadromo & Jacquline Koroi were brought up to the camp along with Pita Waqavonovono. They were part of the Pro Democracy movement and had been very vocal in their protests. They had constructed a Pro Democracy shrine in Lami. Bainimarama decided that they were creating problems for his military junta and made the decision to silence them.

It was a pitch black night when the girls were brought to the barracks. There were a number of soldiers present including the Commander of the RFMF, Bainimarama. He was wearing a bush hat, brown overalls and no obvious signs of his rank.

The men were hanging back unsure what to do. This was the first time there were women in the camp needing to be silenced. Bainimarama landed the first blow. He then continued to punch and kick them. When they had fallen to the ground he jumped on their backs and continued with the beating. 

The girls could not see who was attacking them and for a long time it has been blamed on Pita Driti. It was not Driti but Bainimarama, the man who calls himself the Prime Minister of Fiji.


I was there but I did not take part in any of the beatings. To answer the question why didn’t I stop it? The answer is you can’t tell your commanding officer to stop anything at that time. But that, is not really a good reason and I regret I did not do more. I apologize to you, Laisa, Virisila, Jacqueline and Pita and when I am back in Suva I will answer to you all.

It is very odd and probably says much about the fragile mental state of the man, that in all time Bainimarama was around for the beatings I have only ever seen him hit women, never men.


As I have said before I am happy to face the people of Fiji and account for my actions in 2006. I want to make sure, that Bainimarama, the man behind all the beatings should also stand trial in Fiji. I call upon Brigadier General Iowane Naivalarua , the Commissioner of Police, to follow up my allegations and to start an investigation into the beatings at QEB.

Fiji regime accuse Australia of political bias in latest advisory uprade



Australia strikes back!

The illegal attorney general has taken exception to Australia's latest travel advisory upgrade claiming it reflects the country's political feelings towards Suva rather than the realities on the ground.

The advisory was recently upgraded from “exercise caution” to “high degree of caution." 

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation the upgrade is inappropriate and misleading. 

And he claims it's biased. 

He says the advisory says there have been reports of increases in violent crime and expatriates and tourists have been targeted, particularly in Suva, and that there have been cases of sexual assault.
Khaiyum says the advice is false and does not portray the real situation in Fiji. 

He says the advisory "has a political spill on it so it would appear that the Australian travel advice has more to do with the political policies towards Fiji as opposed to being a site purely for travel advice which captures the ground realities in Fiji."

Most of Fiji's tourists come from Australia and numbers have climbed since 2009. 

ACTU - at last
If the regime is irked by the advisory, it's in for a blast from the Australian unions who've released its first statement since the coup of December 2006.  

In what is a hugely encouraging sign the unions are waking up to the atrocities in Fiji, with the ACTU intending to rattle the cage of the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, about a new decree the regime intends to use to wipe out unions and organisers.
Coupfourpointfive revealed earlier this month the regime's plans to nullify the trade union movement via the draconian Critical Industries Employment Decree.
Here's the full statement by the ACTU headed: Australian unions condemn latest attack on Fijian workers’ rights by military dictatorship 

Australian unions are gravely concerned about reports of a fresh round of attacks on the rights of workers in Fiji, including new restrictions on freedom of association and  collective bargaining.

The ACTU has today written to Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to express alarm that a new decree from Fiji’s illegal and unelected military regime effectively outlaws unions and neuters any effective representation of Fijian workers.

“We have deep concerns about this decree which also takes away rights and protections negotiated through collective bargaining,” said ACTU President Ged Kearney.

She said Australian unions were still attempting to verify the reports,and if they were correct, would be registering their protest in the strongest possible terms.

“At a time when workers and unions are leading democratic uprisings against totalitarian governments in North Africa, it is disturbing to see further repression of human rights in our own Pacific neighbourhood,” Ms Kearney said.

“It’s obvious there is no democracy in today’s Fiji. A series of decisions introduced by the military regime of Frank Bainimarama have curtailed human rights and suppressed dissenting views.

“The regime has adopted intimidation tactics to instill fear in workers and trade unions, and the ability of workers to represent workers has been severely restricted. Earlier this year, the head of the Fiji trade unions was detained by the military twice.

“Yet with 40% of Fijians living below the poverty line on less than $1.25 a day – and 60% of them in work – the role of trade unions has never been more important. Australian unions will stand shoulder to shoulder with Fijian workers, their families and trade unions in the struggle for human rights and democracy.

"Australian unions stand ready to assist their Fijian brothers and sisters in any way they can." 

The new attack on workers’ rights is reportedly contained in the draft Critical Industries Employment Decree 2011. It lists a number of companies and industries, including sugar and airlines, as critical.

Reports say the decree gives absolute powers to the regime, with the rights and terms of condition of employment of workers rendered meaningless.

Under the pretext of “continued viability and sustainability of critical national industries” and "avoidance of interruption”, the decree forcibly outlaws independent trade unions from representing workers in these industries.

It also removes the rights of Fijians to vote freely for their own union representatives and allows the government and corporations to tear up existing collective agreements, and to instead unilaterally set wages and conditions without negotiation.

Ms Kearney said Australian unions were investigating the reports and if verified would urge the Australian Government to consider further diplomatic and trade measures to encourage Fiji to restore democracy and human rights forthwith.

Mara and Driti decommissioned: Nailatikau said to have made deal with Bainimarama

ON THE SAME PAGE: Bainimarama and Nailatikau.



The illegal president, Epeli Nailatikau, has been accused of making a deal with Frank Bainimarama after signing off on the decommissioning of Pita Driti and Roko Ului Mara.
Nailatikau had been dithering for months over the decommissioning but sources say he has disappointingly succumbed to the demands of the illegal prime minister.

Insiders say Nailatikau's actions effectively brand Driti and Mara as "criminals" in the eyes of the world and that the pair weren't even given a chance to stand trial, either in a common court or in a military tribunal.

They also say Fiji must know the action of the President shows there is definite trading, a deal and a buy-off taking place already. They suggest the President may be asking for another term or another increase in salary. 
 
A statement from The Peoples Desk says: "Mr President we know you have the power to call for the removal of Bainimarama government because the country is only living on debt and borrowings. The level of corruption and the level of real time debt is very high and there is definite zero growth to our economy and we are sinking deeper into debt.


"The figures shown by the experts are fabricated. Just recently the people’s power over their money the pension scheme at FNPF will be reduced from 25% to 10% even without proper consultation. What else is left for you to act?


"Your action today over the decommissioning of the two senior military officers is a disgrace because true justice is blurred from your office."
Driti faces one charge of sedition and inciting mutiny and Mara one charge of uttering a seditious comment. They were to have appeared in court on May 30 and June the 1st, but Mara is now taking refuge in Tonga.

The decommissioning was gazetted recently and was effective from March 31 and means Driti and Mara have effectively been sacked from the RFMF.
An intelligence source says officers find the news regretful and as officers of the state are asking:

1) Where is just law and order?
2) Why are we following orders and still bowing our heads to receive our pay and saying nothing?
3) How can we carry out illegal activities and watch our brothers in arms being sacrificed and branded criminals
4) And have we forgotten the oath of allegiance we took standing in front of our flag, to serve and protect?

All serving officers of state police, army prisons and navy have been urged "to stand down for the sake of our nation and let the people's voice be heard."

Full statement from the People's Desk.

SA VAKALOLOVIRATAKI NAI TIKOTIKO NI MATAIVALU E VITI ENA YAMEKEMEKE KEI NA YALOWAI NI VAKATULEWA VAKAGONEGONEYA NI PERESITEDI VAKAILOA  ENA NODRAU VAKASIVOI MAI NA NODRAUI TUTU O BRIGADIER GENERAL PITA DRITI KEI LIETNANT COLONEL RATU TEVITA ULUILAKEBA MARA

Sa dua dina na siga guiguilecavi dredre vei Viti ni sa mai cabe cake sara ki cake na butobuto ni rai e dodonu me tiko kina vale ni volavola oqo ni Peresitedi ena nona mai vakasakei rau na Turaga ni valu o Brigadier General Pita Driti kei Lietnant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba na Commander ni 3FIR. 
Eda kila ni o rau na lewe rua oqo erau beitaki ni rau tuvana tiko e dua nai tuvatuva me vuaviritaki kina na Commander ni mataivalu ka PM vakailoa Bainimarama.Na veibeitaki oqo ena  kacivi ka rogoci ena mata veilewai,kumuni nai tukutuku ka qai ra kacivi nai vakadinadina mera soli tukutuku.Ni oti nai tuvatuva oqo sara na qai vakasota i tukutuku na loya mai na yasana ruarua me qai rogoci tale ni sa oti kece nai vakadinadina. Na nona dro o Rt Tevita e sega ni vakatubutaka na kisi sa tiko rawa o koya e tiki ga ni dua tale kisi me rogoci.

Sa dina sara na ka e tukuna o Ratu Tevita Mara oya na vuni ni nona dro I Tonga,baleta ni mataveilewai sa tiko oqo e Viti sa vakatabakidua ka sa sega ni tiko na dodonu kei na galala vei ira na lewe ni vanua mera tukuna kina na nodra kudru baleta ni mata veilewai taucoko e Viti e lewa tiko o Aiyaz Khaiyum na AG vakailoa, Nazat Shameem na turaga ni lewa vakacegu ka wati Aslaam Khan na CEO ni Vodafone kei Bainimarama na PM bavulu. E kaya o Ratu Tevita ni sa tu vakarau o koya me saumi taro kina mata veilewai era digitakana lewe ni vanua ena dua na matanitu vou.

E daidai eda sa da qai raica dina na roka ni nona bula ni Peresitedi ni sa dua o koya ena matanitu e sa mai voli mei, to nei AG kei Bainimarama. Na ka e cakava oqo na Peresitedi sa vakayalia kina o koya na nodra raici koya cake tu na lewe ni vanua ka sa na oti kina eke o ira na wekana na dau mai sikovi koya baleta ni o koya sa tauvi dra tu na liga ena nona mai dau ni vebeitaki vou,[Prosecutor]ka  Turaga ni lewa vou [Judge] kina kisi ni veilewai nodaru na turaga ni valu oqo ena nodrau sa vakacegui mai ena nodrau i tutu vakaturaga ni valu.E vei na dina ni tukutuku ni mataveilewai e tukuna tiko na kaivalagi lasulasu na Solicitor General Christopher Pyride ni mataveilewai e Viti e liutaki tu vakataki koya ka galala sara mai na lewa era kaya mai tautuba?

Sa da qai raica vakasiga levu tu na lewei Viti na macawa ni vakatulewa  sa tiko vua na Peresitedi ni sa sega mada ga ni rokova okoya na mataveilewai me waraka na kena macala me qai sainitaka na veivakadaberi. Sa mai coko tu oqo na Peresitedi ka sa na tukuni ena pepa ena veiyasai vuravura ni sa butobuto dina tu na mataveilewai ka sa nodratou ga lewe vica  na vakatulewa sa sega na dodonu kei na galala nil ewe ni vanua. Eda sa bula tu oqo ena gauna rerevaki duadua baleta niko beitaki ena dua na ka, ka ko kilai niko meca ni lakolako,o dina se lasu o na bala ga ena vale ni veivesu. Eda sa tiko oqo ena gauna  meda cakacaka taka kina nai  to cava meda na tiko kina?

Eda kila ni veika sa mai cakava oqo na Peresitedi sa boroi Viti ena dua nai yaloyalo butobuto e vuravura raraba ena mataveilewai e Viti. Oqo sara ga ka era na sega kina ni lako mai kinai Viti na dau vakaduri bisinisi levu na nodrai lavo kara bisinisi dina sega ni kominisi Jaina. O ya ni tu vakatabakidua tu na mataveilewai kei na Ovisa ni lewa tu na veika kece na PM bavulu.Raica mada na veilewai ni ovisa ni vale ni veivesu kei na Ovisa,rau veiba tale na Commissioners qai vakatulewa tale main a PM. Kila na cava ena kacabote sega ni sega.Waraka, Namaka

Ena gauna sara ga oqo o ira kece na lewe ni DPP kei ira kece na judge era voli kece tu na nodai tutu eratou lewai kece ena veika mera tukuna. E tiko donuya tu oqo na gauna ni veiliutaki vaka “Dictator”.

Ena gauna sara ga oqo sa curuma tu na sala ni dra nei Bainimarama na kaukauwa kei na lewa kei na koco.Nona rai sa qiqo ka mamare sara baleta ni sa tauvi koya na vinakata nai tutu ni Peresitedi baleta ni koya ga qo ena nona kina na absolute power and authority me kakua ni dua me saqati koya.Na Peresitedi me kila tiko ni walega qo san a vakagalala taki kina mai na nonai tutu, e vinakata se sega. Ena veivakurabuitaki nida raica na gauna cava ena coup taki kina nai tutu ni Peresitedi mai vei PM.

Turaga Peresitedi moni nanumi ira na luvi Viti era sega tu ni kila na cala cava era na colata mai muri ena kena saumi na levu ni dinau sa binia tu oqo na matanitu vakailoa nei Bainimarama ka koni wili tiko kina.

Moni kila kevaka ena yaco mai na veikavivi ni kalou era na qai tagicaka tu o ira na wekamuni na veika vinaka koni cakava.Kevaka e sega sa na dredre sara ni na turu na wai ni mata baleta ni koni raica ka sega ni cakava kina edua na ka.

Informers: Bainimarama definitely getting $700,000

Inner sanctum sources have reiterated the illegal prime minister's salary is definitely $FJD700,000 a year - in fact it's just a bit more than that - despite his blustery denial yesterday.

Intel military sources say Frank Bainimarama gets a salary for the six portfolios he oversees (he recently acquired lands which was missing from our story yesterday when we said five portfolios).

They say he also gets his Commander's salary at $97,000, plus expenses, and he gets $144,000 for being the Prime Minister.

At those figures, Bainimarama gets $42,000 a month for the six portfolios which adds up to $504,000 a year. Add this to the PM and Commander salaries and we have a final figure of $FD745,000.

Sources from within Bainimarama's own ranks say the illegal PM, the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, and the other ministers are all being paid the figures they released to us.

And they rightly remind us, that is the reason why no documents are being held with the Ministry of Finance and why the salaries are instead being handled by an accounting firm, which is effectively breaking the Financial Act of Fiji.

Most governments, legitimate governments that is, are paid by their own Treasury, not a private firm, and certainly  not one that is run by the Aunt of the illegal Attorney General, who is being paid $FJD800,000 a year.

Again, that is the reason the salaries of this self-appointed government are being handled by a private firm, so it can avoid audits and continue with the highway robbery.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mara and Bainimarama ... claims and counter claims

The illegal prime minister and his former commander of the third infantary have both appeared on Auckland's Radio Tarana in the last two days. 

In both interviews, Mara and Bainimarama maintain their stance over key issues including racism and Bainimarama's $FJD700,000. Coupfourpointfive will have more on that salary denial tomorrow.

Confirmed: Fiji police make first charge in Mara fishing escapade

HARMAT: Please tell the world I'm innocent.
Coupfourpointfive has spoken with the Estonian fisherman who has now been charged by Fiji police for allegedly helping Roko Ului Mara flee to Tonga.

Risto Harmat spoke to us a few minutes ago from the Suva courthouse where he has just appeared and was charged with obstructing the course of justice.

RESCUE: Savea.
The charge suggests  Harmat had prior knowledge of Mara's plans to leave Fiji and assisted him in that plan, and helped him break his bail conditions.
Harmat confirmed to us he was on the boat with Mara at Kadavu when the former military office said he got into trouble while fishing and set of distress flares, which were answered by a Tongan navy boat.

He also confirmed to us that he owns the boat, as we previously reported and said to pass the following the message on to the world: "Please, I'm not involved."

Harmat has been charged but remains at Suva Central Police station in a cell because police have refused to allow him to bailed today to his girlfriend.
He expects to be bailed tomorrow when he reappears in court.

Clearly shaken, the Estonian managed to tell Coupfourpointfive the past week has traumatic for him before authorities removed his phone.

Fiji police believed to have made first charge in Mara fishing saga

Coupfourpointfive has been told the Estonian fisherman, Risto Harmat, has been charged in connection with Roko Ului Mara's departure from Fiji almost two weeks ago.

It's believed Harmat is the first to be charged and that he's been charged with aiding and abetting.

Harmat, as reported excusively by Coupfourpointfive several days ago, is believed to have skippered the boat Mara was on when he says he ran into trouble and let off distress signals which brought a Tongan Navy boat.

The Estonian father of one (pictured above) has been in custody almost a week now and according to one of two people who has been able to see him while he's been in custody, Fiji police have now charged him.

It's believed he's appearing in court about now.

Regime salaries from top to bottom!

LEADING THE HIGH LIFE: Bainimarama with son at this year's Hong Kong Sevens. The illegal PM earns $F700,000 a year.


ICING ON CAKE: Khaiyum $F640,000.
1) ILLEGAL PRESIDENT – $300,000
2) ILLEGAL PM (5 PORTFOLIOS PLUS COMMANDER) – $700,000
3) ILLEGAL AG (6 PORTFOLIOS) – $640,000
4) ILLEGAL MINISTER OF EDUCATION (2 PORTFOLIOS) $300,000
5) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR LANDS – $180,000
6) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR WORKS (2 PORTFOLIOS PLUS NAVY POST PAY) $185,000
7) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT – $158,000
8) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS – $160,000
9) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR HEALTH – $160,000
10) ILLEGAL MINISTER FOR WOMEN – $138,000
11) ILLEGAL SOLICITOR GENERAL – $150,000
12) ILLEGAL CHIEF JUSTICE – $180,000
13) ILLEGAL JUDGES $140,000
14) ILLEGAL MAGISTRATES $130,000
15) ILLEGAL PS $120,000
16) ILLEGAL COMPOL AND COMMISSIONER PRISONS $138,000
16) CEO AIR PAC $240,000
17) ILLEGAL CONSULTANT AND AG 
18) ADVISOR (AUNTY) BDO NUR BANO ALI AND HUSBAND ZARIN KHAN $800,000
19) ILLEGAL CEO FNPF$230,000
20) ILLEGAL CEO GOVT STATUTORY BODIES $148,000
21) CEO FHL $650,000
22) CEO FBCL$130,000

Note: The salary figures are from intel military sources and are reliable. The  contract diplayed is Bainimarama's Commander's contract. It's not the $F7000,000 one. Note, also, that he is asking for FNPF etc because he says he's not paid for holding Cabinet portfolios.

Click on images below to see Frank Bainimarama's Contract:


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Khaiyum under attack because he's Indo Fijian'

The race card has surfaced and not surprisingly it has come from the side that made an issue out of it in 2006.

In an interview with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Frank Bainimarama has criticised those he says are attacking Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum because he is an Indo-Fijian.

Not naming anyone but clearly referring to recent descriptions of Khaiyum as a megalomaniac who manipulates Bainimarama, the illegal prime minister  said the people criticising Khaiyum are racist by nature.  

“Everyone blames AG because he is one of the two Indo-Fijians in cabinet. It is more racial than anything else.”


In an interview with the Auckland radio station, Bainimarama also criticised the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, for saying Mara may be allowed into the country.
 
"It would be a matter of concern for everyone if John Key was allow him into New Zealand, eh. 

"In the first instance, John Key will be reneging on his public announcement that he wants to renew his relationship with Fiji. Obviously, he is not very serious about that. What he's trying to do is put a wedge between Tonga and Fiji's relationship. 

"One might want to ask if New Zealand is really to grant political asylum to anyone who does wrong, not only Fiji but in other countries as well or is he just targeting Fiji. But John Key has been harping about democracy in Fiji. 

"If this is what democracy means, to be a refuge to wrongdoers then obvious this is not the direction or the path Fiji wants to take."


Bainimarama said Key needs to stay out the situation between Tonga and Fiji saying it's between the two countries.

Tonga the new capital for asylum seekers

MARA'S MINDER: King George Tupou V.
The Economist
Canberra
Tensions between neighbours rise

SEVERAL hundred years ago, the Pacific island state of Fiji was a place of refuge for exiled princes from neighbouring Tonga. Now it is Tonga that serves as a destination for Fiji’s blue-blooded asylum-seekers. 

Roko Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, the youngest son of the modern state’s founder, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, fled by sea, with the Tongan navy’s help. He is now under the protection of the homburg-wearing Tongan monarch, King George Tupou V, a distant relative of Mr Mara’s father.

The contrasting switches of fortune do not end there. Tonga, long an autocratic monarchy, took a giant stride towards democracy in November, when the country chose its first elected government. Meanwhile Fiji has lurched towards ever more authoritarian rule. Draconian public-emergency regulations have been in force, with few let-ups, since a military coup in December 2006.

Until he was suspended in October, Mr Mara was commander of Fiji’s biggest regiment. He had been a loyal ally of the coup leader and military chief, Frank Bainimarama. Now at liberty in the Tongan capital, Nuku’alofa, Mr Mara denounces what he says is the baneful control over Commodore Bainimarama’s government exerted by the attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He calls for regime change.

In a television address, Commodore Bainimarama, who doubles as prime minister, responded by condemning the Tongan navy’s role in extracting Mr Mara from Fiji’s territorial waters. Tonga’s prime minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, says the courts will impartially consider a request for extradition. 

Yet for all his protestations that King George’s hospitality does not imply a guarantee of immunity for Mr Mara, Tonga’s judiciary remains answerable first and foremost to the king, not the elected government. 

It also happens that Tonga’s chief justice, Michael Scott, a former Fiji high-court judge and himself a refugee from Fiji’s coup, is an arch-opponent of Fiji’s chief justice, Anthony Gates, controversially appointed in the wake of the Bainimarama takeover. A bitter feud between these two British-born judges was a lively subplot of events leading to the 2006 coup. Justice Scott will presumably take a dim view of the impartiality of Fiji’s courts.

The suspension of Mr Mara and the former land forces commander in October came because of allegations of a planned counter-coup. Both officers were brought before the courts earlier this month, and charged with incitement to mutiny.

Mr Mara’s flight from Fiji is a further sign of the growing breach between Commodore Bainimarama and the Mara dynasty. Ratu Mara died in 2004, but his family played a critical role in backing the 2006 coup. Mr Mara’s brother-in-law is the current president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. 

Another brother-in-law resigned as defence minister in November after a quarrel with Commodore Bainimarama over arbitrary taxes imposed on a bottler of mineral water. After Mr Mara’s flight, New Zealand’s foreign minister suggested that “there is a lot to play out yet.” 

Rumours in Suva, Fiji’s capital, are swirling. Though some claim that the president is plucking up courage to remove the prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama is more likely eventually to usurp the position of the president. 

http://www.economist.com/node/18713628

Insiders: Lau declares war on Bainimarama

Informers say the people of Lau have declared war on the military regime with elders giving the Lakeba police 48 hours to vacate the area.  

Sources say the ultimatum was issued in a letter signed by the Bose Vaka Vanua yesterday, and represents all of the village chiefs in Lakeba.

Insiders say the letter follows a directive by the Police Commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, to the 17 officers at Lakeba to take the elders in for questioning after they circulated a letter (written in Fijian), denouncing Frank Bainimarama.

Sources say the police officers were sent packing by the elders who then penned a letter that said: "We want the Fiji Police to take your police station and all building and personnel from our land. We  have no place for you here."

There is also talk Lau, which is 100 per cent behind Roko Ului Mara, will order all government buildings and personnel off their land and ask New Zealand for help should Bainimarama try to "oppress them further". 


The letter by the Bose Vaka Vanua was faxed to Bainimarama and sources say the illegal prime minister has ordered the Ready Action Unit of 50 men and 30 3FIR soldiers from Tailevu to protect the government and its properties in Lau.

It's believed the Late Ratu Sir Kamesese, the father of Roko Ului Mara, had verbally approved the building of government buildings in Lau so  landowners can reclaim the land when they want.

Editor's Note: Insiders also say Bainimarama on Monday made what is known to be a rare foray to Government House to talk with President Epeli Nailatikau, in what is being seen as a move to shore up dwindling support.


Meanwhile, the Tongan government has released a statement saying Fiji should not confuse 'sovereignty' with a 'rescue at sea.'

Read Tongan govt statement

New ruckus over Fiji travel bans

The testy issue of sanctions and travel bans have surfaced again, with more urgency this week after New Zealand's willingness to offer Roko Ului Mara political asylum if he asks for it.

Prime Minister John Key revealed last week Mara could be allowed in and that Foreign Affairs was looking into how it could be done.

He's since said there's no reason why Mara and his wife, Dolores Thaggard, shouldn't be allowed residence since the former military officer has defected.

Key's enthusiasm has ticked off the illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who is still trying to have Mara, who he describes as a 'fugitive', extradited from Tonga. 

Bainimarama is questioning Key's motives, and is suggesting hypocrisy saying New Zealand refuses to relax the bans for sports people in the military.

The regime was already starting to make noises recently about defying New Zealand and spoiling the World Cup by not attending.

The chair of the Fiji Rugby Union, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, now says Fiji may not take part in the New Zealand and Australia 7s IRB tournaments next year if the travel sanctions remain in place.

Tikoitoga says the board has written to the IRB asking if it will allow the New Zealand government to dictate which players will make its 15's team to the World Cup in September.

He says the Key government is directly interfering in team selection and is stopping Fiji from sending the best team.

The travel bans have been controversial at times in recent years with some ruling seemingly inconsistent at times.

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