Sources say the retreat was broken up at about half past 9 yesterday morning when a police officer from the Central Investigation Department asked the hotel event coordinator whether FWRM had a permit. The information was relayed to the FWRM Executive Director, Virisila Buadromo, who informed him the event was an internal FWRM planning meeting.
But despite assurances from Buadromo the gathering was part of FWRM’s annual internal planning session which didn't need a permit, the police insisted she be taken in for questioning to the Pacific Harbor station.
After half an hour of phone calls between the police officer and someone at the Suva CID headquarters, Buadromo and Deo, were informed that charges would not be pressed, the meeting had to be dispersed and that this should be viewed as a “warning.” While waiting at the station, a police officer told Deo “it’s because you are an activist that is why they have brought you in …..to check!”
Buadromo and Deo returned to the Pearl Resort with the police officer to confirm the FWRM planning was shut down. In the last 10 minutes (11.30am Fiji Time), the police have returned stating that a senior intelligence officer from CID HQ was on his way to ask further questions. When inquired whether this was an official investigation, he was hesitant to confirm or deny.