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Friday, September 6, 2019

Bainimarama gets away with a crime, Pio asked to apologise

The Privileges Committee has ruled that both Bainimarama and Pio Tikoduadua issue apologies in Parliament and if they fail to do so, they will be suspended for 6 months.

As predicted, the Committee's decision saves Bainimarama from facing criminal charges for assaulting Pio.

The Committee only viewed the official CCTV footage provided by Parliament and not the video evidence we released.

Pio Tikodudua provided the committee with the video evidence we released but they did not take that into account.

Why should Pio apologise when he did not commit a crime?

And will Pio apologise - we don't think he should and he won't - this is a matter of principle and the crime was not committed by him.

The sad thing is that the victim - Pio - will then be suspended from Parliament instead.

Fiji's thug Prime Minister gets away with a crime AGAIN while his victims get punished.

From the Committee Report:

"After hearing evidence from Hon. Pio Tikoduadua, the Committee reviewed the CCTV footage again and noted that the Hon. Pio Tikoduadua only took one step back as opposed to being thrown back.

"The Committee established that there was no evidence of a forceful shove/push/touch from the Hon. Prime Minister as alleged by Hon. Pio Tikoduadua.

"The Committee noted from the Hon. Prime Minister’s testimony that he pulled the collar to attract his attention about what he said about him.

"Furthermore, whilst responding to Hon. Mosese Bulitavu’s question, “Can you recall what words did you say?”, the Hon. Prime Minister responded and said “Well I abused him.

"The Hon. Prime Minister further stated in his testimony that he was distraught and depressed.

"The Hon. Prime Minister admitted that he was remorseful. He realised that he was wrong and immediately on the same day at around 3.30 p.m. he apologised to the Hon. Speaker. He also advised the Hon. Speaker that he was willing to apologise to Hon. Pio Tikoduadua.

"In that regard, the Hon. Speaker attempted to arrange a meeting with Hon. Pio Tikoduadua and the Hon. Prime Minister but this meeting did not eventuate. Hon Prime Minister made another attempt to apologise to Hon. Pio Tikoduadua
a week later but was again unsuccessful.

"During the examination of the Hon. Prime Minister, the Committee noted that he was remorseful of his actions and again offered to apologise.

"When Hon. Pio Tikoduadua was asked by the Committee whether he would accept Hon. Prime Minister’s apology, he responded “Why should I apologise?” and later he replied that he will require time to think about it.

"When asked whether he would apologise to Hon. Prime Minister, he replied that he has done nothing wrong and therefore has nothing to apologise for.

"The Committee after hearing all evidence and considering all relevant matters is satisfied that there is a breach of privilege on the part of the Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Pio Tikoduadua."

Full Report:


Anonymous said...

The farce of Fiji's return to parliamentary democracy continues. That's all.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

Is anybody surprised anywhere in the world by the dubious and devious outcome in this Bainimarama assault case? If anybody is then that person has no real understanding of what Fiji has become since the Bainimarama military coup of 2006.
- chiku

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Anonymous said...

BrainyQuote : A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary "
That's precisely the case with this Privileges Committee.
Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
- chiku

Suomynona said...

And they fired the guy who recorded the incident of Frankie's assault on Pio Tikoiduadua according to news from the grapevine.

Pio himself had no chance of transparent ruling when the "privileged committee" itself was nothing but a bunch of FlipFlop Party members as the majority.

Hard to see a future where the coupsters will move on without another generation of coup makers coming through.

Anonymous said...

The other generation of coup makers are actually waiting in the wings!
- chiku

Anonymous said...

Pio Tikoduadua is a double victim. He was one a victim of abuse and assault by the PM Frank Bainimarama. Two, he is a victim of SHAMBOLIC political skullduggery on the part of all who handled ( mishandled ) his case and subsequently suspended him from parliament for six months. Shame on all who party to it!
- chiku

Suomynona said...

@ Chiku September 10, 2019 at 11:18 AM

That's my point, those idiots waiting in the wings have basically not learned anything about how the negatives outweigh the selfish agendas these coupsters have with "sapotas" justifying the coup at the expense of the nation itself.

Unless someone somehow ends the coup culture by cutting off the snake's head without resorting to unnecessarily using the military as a pawn and "self-satisfaction" as is always the case with politicians and dicktators, the country won't be progressing quickly and effectively as it should have.

Besides, the country has always been fine and there's nothing wrong with that, but some people (not all of them) can be farked at times. Its no wonder the Itaukei wanted to remain a British colony and the Indo-Fijians were all for independence, because the British themselves wanted to let Fiji go into self-rule anyways. But its a sad reality about how much we all hate each other when we just can't get along for once.

And there's also the century-long problem of tribalism still evident in leadership from precolonial to postcolonial times hence the coup culture. I don't even need to give out examples when one just needs to look at the very first coup at least in 1987.

Anonymous said...

They are making a mockery of the justice system. If they can turn the victim to the perpetrator what Fijian institution can overturn that ruling. The police sadly will tow the line. When asked by both local and international media if he is Fijis dictator Bainmaramas' denial responce exhibits an aggressive tone.
Authoritarian rule is prevalent, a form of autocracy govt where leadership is under one single man. No matter Which style of leadership is expressed the interests of the ruler will be paramount to the welfare of the citizens and they are accountable to no one. George Orwells book is yet again at play in parliment this week.

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Anonymous said...

I feel the same way as Cliff Ellen who writes " I read about these principles of justice and true democracy but I'm blowed if I know where to find them " ( letters, The Age 18/9 ).
Am I alone in feeling that way or are there others as well?
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

We read in Australian Associate Press report ' Tunisia's ousted dictator dies in exile ' ( 20/9/19 ) that long time dictator and former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was deposed by an Arab Spring revolted in 2011 ( Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprising against dictatorial rulers in the region ) died in Saudi Arabia where he was forced to flee after his toppling.
He is not the first dictator to die in exile and not likely the last.
His 23 year rule was marred by massive human rights abuse and a draconian crackdown on dissent. After his ousting he was tried in absentia in Tunisia and given jail terms for the death of protesters and for corruption when in power.
The dictator who had had military training in France and the US has seized power in a bloodless coup in November 1987.
Ben Ali's death comes days after Tunisia held its second democratic presidential elections since his ouster.
Dictators come and go - often in disgrace. In the final analysis the will of the people prevail.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

We read in The Age letters column ( 20/9 ) titled ' Family Court inquiry: An inquiry based on preposterous claims' Marg D'Arcy's letter ' Hanson has a history of misleading the public ' in which the writer says " [Senator] Pauline Hanson is unfit to be deputy chair of the Family Court inquiry". Many others have written letters in Australian newspapers to say why Hanson is unfit for that role. One wonders why PM Scott Morrison appointed this " sanctimonious scatterbrain " ( another letter writers description ) to co-chair the inquiry?
But it's not uncommon to have unfit people installed in such roles...
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

Appointment Condemned
Anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty has condemned Pauline Hanson's appointment as deputy chair of the Family Court inquiry saying no body should come to that role with a predetermined agenda. Pauline Hanson has claimed some women lie to get custody of the children. ( NITV 21/9).
Her distorted views of the family violence situation renders her unfit for the appointment.
Rajend Naidu

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Anonymous said...

Sue Bennett ( The Agev22/9 ) writes :
" The Prime Minister's appointment of Pauline Hanson as deputy chair of the contentious family court inquiry beggars belief...
This is not a shrewd move by a savvy politician , but an insult to the intelligence of we Australians who ultimately fund these inquiries and commissions.
Shame on you, Scott Morrison . May your erroneous decision come back to haunt you . For the record, Zali Steggall is eminently more qualified for the position".
Every clear thinking Australian - from all sides of politics - would agree with Sue's take on this " erroneous decision " by the Australian PM.
Shame indeed.
Rajend Naidu

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Anonymous said...

The former director of CID tells us the " same rules " must apply in relation to the Bainimaram alleged assault on Tikoduadua case ( The Fiji Times 4/10 ). But it won't . And, the people of Fiji know only too well why it won't happen.
That kind of rule application happens only in a " true democracy ".
Post coup Fiji has not reached there yet. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
Rajend Naidu

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