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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Police action on Qarase sentencing day predictable

Rusiate Tudrau: 'August busy month'
The owner of the Hotbread shop and the deposed member of Lami, Dr Mere Samisoni, has been released from custody after being held over an alleged dangerous driving incident.

Williams and Samisoni. file pic Fiji Village
Information from police sources yesterday showed the Fiji police were claiming the SDL member intercepted two FICAC vehicles heading to the Suva High Court for the sentencing of party leader, Laisenia Qarase.

A police report alleged Samisoni, who has been accused with three others of trying to overthrow the regime and is on bail, blocked the FICAC cars and yelled at them over the guilty conviction of Qarase. (see earlier story)


The 74 year old grandmother has been released from custody and no charges were laid but the police claims about the incident have been dismissed by her family as a fabrication.

Yesterday, Fiji police revealed to media some people had been taken in for questioning from downtown Suva after Qarase's sentencing.

Police Director of Operations, Rusiate Tudravu, didn't say how many only that investigators were questioning them.

He also said police have increased security in different parts of the country 'as August will be a busy month.'

We are seeking more information about who was taken in yesterday but police were obviously expecting what it said was 'trouble' and it is all too possible it rounded SDL supporters up to silence criticism or as a show of muscle.

It had boosted security in the last two days of Qarase's trial around the court house and the road to Korovou Prison and had posted plain clothes officers to take photographs from the top of the Government buildings.
Mere Samisoni's New Zealand lawyer,  Peter Williams QC, yesterday denounced the Fiji police harassment of his client revealing the police officer he had spoken to had admitted it was illegal to take Samisoni into custody but 'he had been told by his superiors'.

Williams told Australian media the regime was trying to stiffle the Opposition and the decision to put Qarase on trial on old charges could only be seen as questionable.

"This has just been resurrected 20 years later," he told the ABC. "You'd wonder about the motivation ........ I think it's political. I've got no doubt about that.

"What was happening was the so-called interim government, is they're trying to suppress any opposition in these so-called elections that are coming up and they will put their own candidates up in due course and of course anyone standing against them will be harassed."

Williams also told the broadcaster's PM programme Australia and New Zealand should have only agreed to having high commissioners again and the relaxing of some visa sanctions with a strict list of criteria attached.

"The interim government have got to agree to a set of measures which show that they are prepared to be fair and to be reasonable and to allow proper discussion, as in any other democratic country such as New Zealand or Australia.

"We can criticise people. Over there, unless you agree with the government - beware."

39 comments:

  1. Vinaka Vakalevu Dr. Samisoni. You have more courage than all those keystone cops put together. Vaka madua, how many men does it take to falsely arrest a 70+ year old lady. So what were the charges guys? Why was she released if she had done wrong.

    If no concrete answer to that, why did you arrest her in the first place? you marijuana-stealing, lying,killing bunch of broke bullies.

    What is your mothers were arrested in the same way - oh wait, you are all godless motherless sons of bitches. Rewind tale na taro baleti tinamu.

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  2. LETS PUT A DATE THIS MONTH FOR ALL IN FIJI TO ROOT THIS UNELECTED GOVERNMENT OUT OF POWER AND TAKE THEM MILITARY PERSONNEL OUT OF CAMP. YES ... KILL ALL OF THOSE FIJIAN MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMY AS THEY STAND BEHIND THIS MUSLIM MAN AND HIS FIJIAN MILITARY.

    CHOOSE YOUR SIDE ... DONT HIDE BEHIND MEMORY VERSES AND BIG BANK ACCOUNTS

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  3. oh yeah terrorising the Civillians is legal in Fiji nowdays.These police are demonstrating behaviours similar to terrorists !!
    Bunch of cowards they are!!

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  4. Again the regime hopes to silence all criticism. Will we be silent?

    In view of the regime's latest miscarriages of justice and bad faith dealings with respect to the (un)constitutional dia/monologue, many Fijians are more frustrated than ever. Many of us feel that it's high time we took some action, yet we still lack a common plan. I've mentioned that I have a proposal for a course of action, and some have since asked me to share that proposal. I'd hoped that others would step forward first with their own proposals for a COA, but what we've seen is more hand-wringing than creativity. And so, I ask you to consider my plan. If you've a better plan, please, by all means share it with the rest of us.

    Before I explain my plan, though, I ask each of you to consider an important question. That question is this: how much are you willing to sacrifice for Fiji? 

    How much are you willing to give? Are you willing to pledge your fortune? Your sacred honour? Your life?

    How about just two minutes of your time?

    That's all I'm asking. Give me just two minutes of your time to change Fiji through collective, nonviolent action. Two minutes for Operation Jericho.

    The first minute begins when you finish reading this message. At that time, if you believe in God, whatever your personal faith, I will ask that you spend one minute in prayer. With a contrite heart, confess to God your fear and lack of faithfulness, which helped to bring Fiji to such a sorry state. Open your heart to Him. Give Him your trust. Leave to Him the battle. Expect a miracle. Promise to give Him the Glory.

    Will you trust Him?

    Even if you don't believe in God, I still ask that you take one minute to reflect on the meaning you want to impute to your life and the depth of your commitment to truth and humanity.

    Will you be true to yourself and to Fiji?

    That's all I ask for the first minute. I'll explain the second minute and other details of my proposed COA in my next posting. But for your early planning purposes, let me just say now that you will want to be somewhere in or near downtown Suva when the second minute comes at precisely 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 26 September. 

    Let's call it M-Minute. This second minute, M-Minute, will test the sincerity of the first.

    Will you prepare for M-Minute? Will you prepare to join us for Operation Jericho? 

    I invite you to join us by taking the first step. That step is to give to God and Fiji the next minute in prayer, quiet reflection, and expectation.

    s/ Dakuwaqa

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  5. Police have a job to do. They are doing a good job checking on nuisance people bent on disturbing the peace.
    Thanks to all police/army people WITHOUT YOUR VIGILANCE FIJI WOULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER SYRIA/SOMALIA bcos of lowlifer thugs

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  6. The thugs that rule our country will do anything to stay in power. Australia and New Zealand will do nothing to remove the regime. Where does that leave us? Well if we do not like what we see we have to grow enough balls and join brave woman such as Mere.

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  7. Tudravu, Drau. Cebo kani2

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  8. Hopefully the Constitutional Commission is taking a note of these human rights abuses. Free and fair elections? - Never going to happen.

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  9. One good thing has come out of what's happened to Qarase this week. We are thinking again about where our country is at. Thousands have been on Facebook talking and expressing and although the debate is darker here, hopefully, we are thinking beyond the sadness and injustice to how we can get Fiji back on track.

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  10. Tudrau you porky pig what are you expecting to happen this month that will you all so 'busy'? Sounds like you are going to round up more Fiji citizens.

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  11. If Mere had done what police say she did wouldn't they have charged her? Surely they weren't feeling generous the day they sent Qarase to jail they let her off. Can only take that as Williams story being right.

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  12. Police report on TV news mentioned a vehicle accident ?

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  13. THAT IS TERRORISING AND HARASSING A CIVILLIAN!!
    SHAME ON YOU GUYS!!
    BUNCH OF BULLIES YOU ALL ARE.
    TELL YOUR BOSS THAT THE STRATEGY IS WRONG ,YOU ARE NOT IN THE MIDDLE EAST BUT IN THE PEACEFUL SOUTH PACIFIC.
    YOU HAVE CREATED ALL THESE FEAR ,ANIMOSITY AND ANGER AMONGST THE PUBLIC .
    YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL YOUR STUPID CONTROLLING ATTITUDE.
    ALL DONE FOR THE SAKE OF BAI AND KHAIYUM...YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!

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  14. @ANON 3:19PM...POLICE AND MILITARY'S JOBS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AND NOT HARASSING AND TERRORISING THEM.

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  15. Stand tall Hon PM Qarase against this taliban junta. Your Christian principles and courage will see you through this terrible time in Fiji under this illegal human rights abusing junta.

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  16. Tudrau you look like a Gorilla looking out of a cage. ha! ha! ha!.

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  17. Frank and Khaiyum still have the dirtiest hands along with Christopher Pryde, Nazhat Shameem, Anthony Gates, Nur Bano, Mohammed Aziz, Inoke Kubuabola and Neil Sharma to name just the obvious.

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  18. Had Mere Samisoni done that the police would have charged her.

    This is just more regime harrassment to try to cow SDL supporters and the rest of us.

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  19. Noone wants to put a date..we are happy with this government.. at least we are now getting rid of elite Fijians..

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  20. @ anonymous 5 Aug 7:02am

    Get rid of the elite Fijians and are left with idiots and no brainers.

    Do you realise that the Dec 2006 Coup was for Fijians to overthrow other Fijians. Kaiyum is laughing.

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  21. @dakuwaqa

    Thank you for the faith recipe,but where was this faith in 1987 when the Christian denominations fasted for God to choose a leader for our beloved country and when he choose Bavadra the christians conducted the coup. This was repeated in 1999 when God choose MPC.

    Sorry, its now God's devine intervention and he has chosen the military.

    If God can choose Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and its evil leadership, he has chosen the military to destroy the SDL and its equally evil leadership.

    Now its God's call ........

    Koi Yasayasa

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  22. Koi Yasayasa, congratulations for enlightening the fact and that is exactly what happened. Disrespect and lawlessness has brought about the current situation, including greed and hatered of fellow human beings which has caused disintegeration of families,pain and suffering.
    It is now impossible to get back to normalcy unless we get rid of the original conspirators!!!

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  23. @koi yasaysa....you will not be able to destroy SDL it will stay strong because its leadership is full of people with integrity ...ullike you military people are bunch of no brainers who cannot think for themselves...more of a monkey say monkey do...

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  24. @ anon august 4,9:19PM. Dont you worry about what anon 3:19PM, he works in the ILLEGAL EVIL CORRUPT PM's Office as tea boy.

    And for Koi Yasayasa, luveni tevoro o iko. Via totoka tu ivei na matanitu tevoro qo o iko. Luveni kawaca.

    Koi Yasayasa you are just are WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING. You low life scum of the earth. You're probadly in the army or works in the Illegal PM's Office polishing his testicles under his desk.

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  25. So, Koi Yasayasa, you equate the regime to Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth?

    Sounds about right.

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  26. Ha! It sure didn't take long for the regime supporters to try to turn off Operation Jericho, but they can't. That's part of the beauty of the idea.

    If they don't want to celebrate Fiji with us, that's up to them. Every party needs a pooper.

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  27. Koi yasayasa ulukau.

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  28. Bound for JerichoAugust 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Koi Yasayasa, you call Bainimarama 'devine [sic] intervention. This is an interesting argument from a non-theologian.

    Did God in His sovereign power allow Bainimarama to become Fiji's ruler? Apparently, in much the same way that God allowed the Assyrians to punish Israel. But now, I ask you, Koi Yasayasa, is God pro-Assyria or pro-Israel?

    I don't know why God allowed Bainimarama to inflict himself on Fiji, but God sometimes uses even the devil to accomplish His handiwork.

    I believe God loves Fiji. I believe Operation Jericho could help to free Fiji from her present bondage and give glory to God. 

    Another non-theologian named Thomas Jefferson once said: 'Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God'. How are we to reconcile his statement with your belief that obedience to the present tyranny is obedience to God?

    You claim that 'the Christians' carried out the coups, but many Christians did not support the coups. You also ignore Bainimarama's central role in the Coup of 2000.

    You believe what you want -- it's a free country, ha! As for me, I've prayed Dakuwaqa's prayer. Next I will step out in obedience to God by preparing to resist tyranny, peacefully and expectantly, even if you won't.

    'Resist the devil, and he will flee from you', the Bible says. I don't know what will happen at 7 p.m., 26 September. But if I were Bainimarama, I'd start packing now.

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  29. Hey, did anyone see the Fiji Sun headline for the LQ verdict?
    No guesses which side they are on!
    Oh, how journalism in this country has gone to the dogs!

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  30. But KoiYasatasa.

    Babylon the great did fall didnt it?

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  31. @ 5.48p.m, which headline was that?

    The headlines just read on FijiSun online:
    Qarase guilty court finds;
    Judge: Trust breached;
    Qarase sentencing this Friday; Qarase(Graham Grub's opinion piece)

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  32. Religion last refuge of the scroundalAugust 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    It is not enough to be Christian in name, but in deed also.
    We have too much of the former, not enough of the latter.
    Hogging a-class FHL shares for self and family is hardly Christian.
    How does this behaviour fit with the so-called, sharing-caring Fijian communal system anyway?
    It's the same old trick - elites talk up culture while in practice do things un-cultural.
    It is the same with Christianity.
    It is a tool used to prop up an elite, exploitative, parasitic structure.

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  33. Bound for Jericho!!!
    Stop using God in Fiji politics and fooling the peoplle. Its purely greed, lawlessness and evil which overthrew the first elected Govt. To date no reconciliation has been done and Rabuka is now boldly contemplating elections. Your quotation of Jefferson is totally irrelevent as the people so called the methodist fueled the coups

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  34. TUDRAVU MATAVAKA SULU NI YAQONA HA!HA!

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  35. Bound for JerichoAugust 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Religion last refuge... and Anonymous 12:11 AM, I was simply responding to Koi Yasayasa's smear of my fellow Christians and his claim that God is using Fiji's military and Bainimarama as 'devine [sic] intervention'. He injected God in this discussion before I did. Why don't you vent your petty spleens against him?

    You claim that Christianity is no longer a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ but is instead a 'tool to prop up an elite, exploitative, parasitic structure'? Is it the general view now of regime supporters that Christians are unwelcome in the New Fiji? Are our Hindu and Muslim brothers also unwelcome? Are their religions also 'elite, exploitative, and parasitic'?

    Moreover, isn't 'elite, exploitative, and parasitic' an apt description of the present regime?

    You don't even know me. Yet you assume I'm 'an elite, exploitative parasite' because I profess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour?

    Tell me, because I truly fail to understand, how is it 'Christian in deed' to use an army of goons with guns to overthrow a lawfully-elected government and then to terrorise an unarmed populace?

    Speaking of 'same old tricks', I didn't support the overthrow of any elected government, so why do you insist on re-introducing that old red herring? 

    I support Dakuwaqa's call for a noise barrage to celebrate Fiji at 'M-Minute' on 26 September at precisely 7:00 PM. I also support his call for a Truth & Reconciliation Commission to look at everyone's conduct since the days before Rabuka's first coup. In fact, I would take it a step further, by having the Commission also procedurally review every court case since December 2006. I see these measures as steps towards contrition and justice, the primary prerequisites for spiritual and political reconciliation.

    Jefferson is as relevant today as he was in 1776. His words apply to Fijians as much as to Americans.

    Some self-avowed Methodists may share culpability for the first two coups, but it was Bainimarama who was most behind the following two and a half. Where is your indignation about those, and why do you speak now in support of a treasonous coup government?

    I'm bound for Jericho. Whither you're bound, I leave to you to decide and the Lord to judge.

    The people of Fiji have the same choice, either your way to an ungodly New Fiji, or my way, the high road leading to Jericho. 

    May the people decide and Our Lord judge between us.

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  36. @7:55PM ... I was referring to the one Fiji Sun had on Saturday's front page of the paper.
    In screaming bold letters it had: IN HE GOES.
    And then below that they ran a smaller headline: You breached trust of iTaukei, says judge to the ex-PM.
    There are rumours in Suva that the headline was toned down on the website after the newspaper's landline was inundated with threatening calls and managers received nasty texts and e-mails

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  37. Rest assured of much support for Operation Jericho from your Hindu countrymen. We wish to play our part in ending coup culture non-violently. We respect our Christian and Muslim countrymen and look forward to celebrating Fiji together.

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  38. Oh thank you for coming back on that @ 3.15p.m!

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  39. As atheistic as I am, to 'Bound for Jericho', I say 'amen, brother'. I'll be with you, making my own noise.

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