Frank Bainimarama said at the opening of the new remand centre at Korovou this week that such a facility was long overdue and will house 'certain individuals who have been arrested or charged with a crime but who have not been convicted'.
He said he had been told that for the past six months, 'the number of remand inmates has hovered around the 430 mark.'
A look at some of the long running cases the regime has on its books shows it's trying to tidy those up, too. Take the charges against trade unionist Daniel Urai and Sri Lankan businessman, Jagath Karunaratne.
Karunaratne was originally cited for writing anti-regime graffiti and Urai for inciting political violence as well as meeting with the Australian prime minister and trying to activate the Biketawa Declaration.
Both alleged crimes happened at different times yet the regime wants to consolidate the charges and prosecute Urai and Karunaratne jointly. Legal? No. Convenient? Yes.
Bainimarama also said at Korovou "....we must never forget
And yet he has hasn't lifted a finger over the beating and torture of escapee Iowane Benedito, and a second man who was found with him - in spite of a complaint by Benedito's family and international and local outcry.
His speeches bely what is happening on the ground in Fiji and we make no apology for reposting the torture video to remind people to look beyond scripted speeches.