|Captured: Isoa Waqa|
The illegal foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is already in the U.S. and will represent Fiji at the UN General Assembly.
Sources say Bainimarama has made changes to command and control of the police after the daring escape of the prisoners from Naboro, and their alleged daylight robbery of BSP, just 150 metres away from Samabula police station. Police apparently took 45 minutes to arrive on the scene.
|Rusitate Tudrau: Police used reasonable force on escapees.|
In the last week the police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurura, has been no where to be seen and sources say he has certainly not been around to reassure the nation and the business community that all is well. The acting ACP has instead been fronting.
Police moles say Bainimarama not only sacked 9 senior officers but has told Naivalurua: "If the police can't do its job - the army will do it."
The source also claims all of the arrests were made by army intel and navy and that police were not involved.
"PM has told senior army officers to be ready to take over control from police as he clearly stated that he has lost trust in the police and the commissioner to maintain national security.
"PM was also told that the police commissioner was in the west last week on tour and his chief of staff, Ravi Narayan, left for Australia to attend a course while Suva was being terrorized by robberies."
The last escapee, Isoa Waqa, was caught today and it's unclear what state he is in.
Information given to Coupfourpointfive has some people suggesting he is in a very bad way but we are unable to confirm the report just yet. One source says he was interrogated at QEB while another says he has been taken to CMW and was seen covered in tarpaulin and dripping blood.
Three of the four prisoners caught over the weekend were tortured and bashed by the joint RFMF and police team hunting them.
ACP Rusiate Tudravu claimed the injuries weren't the result of an unprovoked violent beating. He insists officers had to use force to subdue the fugitives.
He told FBC:
" I can confirm that they resisted arrest and in order to get them in..the ops officers used reasonable force… which is why they are now under observation at the hospital….
Officers who were out on Snake Island also suffered some injuries because of the rough terrain.
If you visit that place where the arrests were made….the terrain is rugged and was quite tough."
Coupfourpointfive revealed yesterday the prisoners were admitted to Colonial War Memorial Hospital after being beaten severely.
The prisoner escaped from Naboro last Monday night and three guards on duty at the time are under investigation.
Police have also threatened to deal to anyone who helped the prisoners, with Tudravu telling Fiji Times police was aware 'there were a lot of people who had assisted those who escaped.'
"We want to teach these people a lesson," said Tudravu. "The security forces have widened their net and anyone who hid the fugitives, knew their whereabouts or was associated with them in any way, will now face the full brunt of the law."
Bainimarama's decision to cancel his trip to New York coincides with a Fiji Labour Party delegation to the illegal President scheduled for tomorrow to ask him to appoint a caretaker government.
Editor's Note: Six people are currently being questioned by police for allegedly helping the five prisoners elude police, including a taxi driver found with Isoa Waqa today.