|NZ's Christopher Pryde with Khaiyum|
"John Key needs to face up to the fact that Vorege Bainimarama is a thug who in the year 2000 ordered the unlawful deaths of four men namely CRW soldiers Jone Kamoe Davui, Iowane Wasaroma, Epineri Bainimoli and Selesitino Kalounivale, after the mutiny was put down and while they were in military custody.
"FDFM reminds Key that the current Fiji regime is an illegal one and no amount of window-dressing, such as the Constitutional Commission or General Elections in 2014, will change its legal status ... nor guarantee Fiji’s political stability."
FDFM's second statement follows more information coming to light about the SIS police visiting Fiji nationals and a so-called plot to kill Bainimarama. (see C4.5's earlier story)
Former SDL politician and member of the Auckland based Council for Democracy in Fiji, Rajesh Singh, has been implicated along with former 3FIR officer, Roko Ului Mara, and former head of Fiji Water Authority, Anthony Fullman. All have rejected the accusation as unfounded.
|One of the CRW four soldiers: pic Truth for Fiji|
The statement also follows a visit by New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, to Suva.
Key has downplayed the timing of the visit to discuss Pacific Island Forum business but FDFM says 'McCully’s visit to Fiji only days after news of the alleged plot is too conspicuous.'
FDFM says it wants to remind Key the coups since 1987 were not committed as a result of any shortcomings of the 1997 Constitution, 'but because of unscrupulous, power hungry, weak and corrupt political and military leaders.'
It says: "Bainimarama claimed his 2006 coup was a ‘Clean Up Campaign’ alleging endemic corruption against Fiji’s PM Laisenia Qarase’s government, which necessitated his actions then sought to rely on the 'Doctrine of Necessity’, conjured up by his illegal Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, and others to conceal the blood on his hands.
"But Fiji’s military dictator hasn’t been able to substantiate his claim over these past 6 years and out of desperation, Khaiyum and the unscrupulous New Zealand citizen, Christopher Pryde, have conjured up allegations of ‘abuse of office’ supposedly some 19 years ago, whilst Qarase was still managing director of the Fiji Development Bank and Advisor to the FHL, but no connection whatsoever to his Prime Ministership of Fiji, which was the basis of the 2006 coup!"
FDFM says both New Zealand and Australia 'need to maintain a consistent and principled stance against Fiji, continue with the smart sanctions, keep travel bans in place, 'to keep the junta accountable 'otherwise its inconsistent stance will cause more destabilisation and certainly not in their national interest.'
The movement again challenged New Zealand and Key 'to clarify why it is unlawful for New Zealand residents to supposedly plot the downfall of Fiji’s illegal military dictator in New Zealand, yet lawful for a New Zealand citizen (Christopher Pryde), to take up a illegal, lucrative position in Fiji and willingly execute the wishes of a military regime, potentially offer advice against his own country of nationality and seek the demise of the unlawfully deposed elected PM of Fiji?'