|The picture used by Fiji Village today with its story.|
Fiji Village was first to run something earlier today, followed by Fiji Broadcasting a short time ago but both have predictably provided very sparse information.
Samisoni had just returned to Suva from a Christmas visit to her home village Lomaloma in the eastern Lau Group.
Blogs and regional media have provided more indepth coverage of the 74 year old's detainment, including the suggestion it coincides with leaks of a protest in the Namosi village over mining plans by an Australian company.
Blogs and Facebook fans have also revealed that fellow SDL member, Mataiasi Ragigia, has also been detained.
Raw Fiji News says Ragigia, a former Suva City Councillor and Minister in Qarase’s toppled government, was taken in with Samisoni and that Ragigia took over from Sam Speight as SDL party’s full time administrator after he fled to Australia following a beating in February last year.
Samisoni has been a vocal observer of the shortcomings of the illegal regime but it's not clear what particular incident, if any, has warranted the regime taking her in.
According to a statement from the family, she was an award-winning Aboriginal health campaigner as well as founder of Fiji's Hot Bead Kitchen chain, which has 30 stores.
She is also a grandmother of eleven.
Samisoni is mother-in-law to former Pacific Islanders rugby official turned Malton-based thriller writer, Charlie Charters. His debut Bolt Action, published by Hodder in 2010, was nominated for a Barry Award as the year's best thriller.
The deposed member for the Lami Open constituency under the government of Laisenia Qarase also has close family ties to Lieutenant Colonel Roko Ului Mara, the Army infantry commander at the time of the coup.
Mara fled Fiji for Tonga in May last year and has from Australia and New Zealand, alleged that 'power has corrupted the key players in the government'.
It's not known if Samisoni has been charged under the Public Emergency Decree; in the past the regime has tended to take several days, if not longer, before revealing its intentions.
Samisoni's family say she has had no access to legal representation but a source has told them she is in 'good spirits' and is being 'well-treated, for the moment' despite being resigned to being held over the long New Year weekend, a tactic often used by the military-led government to prolong detentions.
Samisoni is a commentator on Fijian business and indigenous affairs, and was awarded her doctorate in 2009 by the University of Sunshine Coast Queensland for her dissertation on cross-cultural success factors in entrepreneurship.
She lived in Brisbane from 1961-79 and was a maternal and child health care officer with the Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service.