|More casino woes: And still no casino.|
And those who've been following the casino story for the past two years are not surprised at today's
reports the Snoqualmie Tribe is taking Larry Claunch to court.
The Washington tribe is trying to recover $1.5 million U.S. dollars from Claunch and his company One Hundred Sands, money invested in the Denarau casino which Frank Bainimarama and Claunch made such a big deal of but never delivered, despite an exclusive licence.
A Snoqualmie Tribe spokeswoman, Carolyn Lubenau, is quoted in a media report as saying: "The note is past due and must be repaid in full."
Claunch's chump mate is meanwhile in Geneva opening Fiji's UN Mission, which is headed by former high court judge, Nazhat Shameem.
In a speech Frank Bainimarama hails coup supporter Shameem as 'distinguished' and refers to a 'revolution' he says has ensured the election process is completely independent.
“In the midst of this revolution, I’m proud to be launching our first United Nations Mission in Geneva – a symbol of our commitment to the UN ideal and the rights of every Fijian.”
Ironically, the same UN rejected his earlier efforts to be made Rear Admiral. The attached email shows there was a push for him to be promoted and he had the interview but was found unworthy because he failed the test.
The application was made in late 2002 and took about a year to process but he would have to wait another three years before finally becoming Rear Admiral in March in 'recognition of his 39 years of distinguished service in the RFMF'. Wrapping up neatly of course all the titles he could get before the September election.
There is no neutrality to these elections. The Electoral Commission has dismissed all six complaints filed by the UFDF's Mick Beddoes, including the illegal use of Fiji's coat of arms and the false declaration by former Fiji First vice-president Bijai Prasad.
Anyone who remains confused about the 'revolution' and whether the current government is illegal or even whether Fiji First is 'regime' or not, are burying their heads in the sand. Despite the ambiguities, the illegalities are clear.
Too much is at stake for Bainimarama for it to have been any other way.