Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Military intrigue and Cover Up

Comment:
-How can the Interim PM defend murder and torture by his soldiers. He should de upholding the law yet Voreqe chose to back his men. That is the illegal PM for you Fiji and the world!!!

PM defends murder suspects Tuesday October 30, 2007 - www.fijilive.com

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had no right to stop the suspects in the Sakiusa Rabaka murder from traveling overseas because they haven’t been charged yet. Eight soldiers were stopped from leaving the country for a UN mission in Iraq after they were issued with a court order. “What’s to stop them from going overseas? They haven’t been charged yet,” he said. “I have no word on any of my soldiers being a suspect, so if the need arises for overseas deployment they will go.” He said even though the suspects have been summoned, they have not been charged. “I cannot stop people from listening to people like you (media) saying this ‘guy’ is a suspect.” Bainimarama was also questioned if what he said would interfere into the judicial process given the fact that the suspects were summoned for questioning. “You don’t know anything about the independence of the judiciary, you don’t anything about it so don’t ask me any question about it.” He also said the breakdown in communication between the DPP and the Fiji Police Force is none of his concern. “I don’t know anything about that because the DPP should be the one to answer your question.”

Comment:
-This was an example of corruption at the highest level of the Military and they can't conceal it. It is a dosgraceful act to try and deny the victim's family justice.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - www.fijitimes.com

THE silence from the top echelons of the military was deafening yesterday.
This is particularly obvious after the insistent denials from certain respectable quarters that there were no plans to deploy military suspects in the Sakiusa Rabaka murder case.
One spokesman had even offered much earlier that because no charges had been laid, it was really a non-issue whether or not the so-called suspects had been assigned to an overseas mission.
But the penny dropped when the Director of Pubic Prosecutions Office successfully barred the suspects, who had already boarded the United Nations-chartered flight on Saturday night, from leaving.
It appears that the state office had for some time been pursuing talks with the military on the case but it was to no avail.
Finally, the decision was reached that all suspects be charged. This was carried out last Thursday and the suspects, or their superiors, were expected to have been informed by Friday. But the significant development apparently held no meaning.
Instead, the DPP's Office was forced to obtain a court order at the eleventh hour to stop the suspects from leaving the country.
This, of course, was crucial for justice to be served. For while the suspects are innocent until proven guilty, it is just as important to ensure the case proceeds within a reasonable timeframe to allow the evidence to be tested.
As the adage goes, justice delayed is justice denied.
It is intriguing that all eight soldiers implicated in the murder were assigned to an overseas mission, just as the investigations were wrapping up.
Despite knowing full well the importance of the case, the military found it worthy to assign, not just one or two or three of the suspects but all eight, to Iraq. One cannot help but ask whether there was something to be gained in pursuing this.
It is even stranger when one considers that the DPP's Office informed the Immigration Department of the stop order but the suspects managed to board the aircraft.
Immigration Director Viliame Naupoto assures that the men could not have been on the watchlist though.
The onus lies on the military to front up and clear the ill-perception that they themselves have planted in the minds of the general public.
They must explain their actions.
As for the Director of Public Prosecutions Office, their vigilance in their journey for justice is very encouraging and must be commended.

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