Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Women tell Teleni to redirect energy

Women tell Teleni to redirect energy
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/ - 3/24/2009

Commissioner of Police Esala Teleni has been asked to direct his energy to apprehending culprits rather than using it on his crusades.
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, Coordinator Shamima Ali said they were urging Commissioner Teleni to stop expanding so much energy in dancing and his brand of Christianity.
She said Commissioner Teleni should be directing all his energy during the crusades towards apprehending the culprits of the morning attacks on individuals who spoke against the interim Government.
“It is also of great concern that we have had many such attacks in the past few weeks and the police have not been able to apprehend even one of these culprits,” she said.
“We condemn these attacks as they raise serious concerns about democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights in Fiji,” Ms Ali said.
She said it was an attack on freedom of speech, freedom of the media and on democracy and individual’s constitutional rights.
Ms Ali said it was a terrible implication for the interim regime since those people whose homes and vehicles have been attacked were some of those who spoke out and against some of the regime’s actions.
She said in a democracy people must be allowed to express their opinion as to how the country should be run since the people of Fiji own the country and human rights and rule of law is for all.
Police spokesperson Ema Mua said Police were currently working on the investigations.
She said people should not interfere with the work of police since it takes time to complete and labeled Ms Ali’s comments as childish and shallow.
Ms Mua said Ms Ali did not have the right to dictate what the commissioner should or should not do and advises Ms Ali to keep her mouth shut.

Minister condemns continuing attacks
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/ - 3/24/2009
Interim Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Epeli Ganilau has condemned the early Sunday morning attacks on the homes of Fiji Times chief editor Netani Rika and Global Risk Strategies boss Sakiusa Raivoce.
Ratu Epeli yesterday said that no one should be subjected to this type of criminal behaviour.
The former army commander pointed out that the interim Government does not condone such cowardly acts.
“The interim Government does not condone such acts on any citizen of this country or organisation.
“At the moment we cannot blame anybody by saying it is an organised crime.
“Everyone is just speculating but no one is subjected to this cowardly behaviour,” he said.
Ratu Epeli said people who are caught committing such crimes should be taken to task.
He has called on the police to thoroughly investigate the incidents and bring those responsible to task.
Police spokesperson Ema Mua said investigations were being carried out.

Chief calls on attackers to stop
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/ - 3/24/2009
Attacks against prominent members of the community seem to have escalated and become more violent.
Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi and ousted Education Minister Ro Teimumu Kepa yesterday called on perpetrators to stop their cowardly acts on citizens who had spent their life serving the country.
She was commenting on the petrol bomb attacks to the homes of former army colonel Sakiusa Raivoce and Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Netani Rika.
“I am concerned about these attacks because they seem to have escalated in the level of violence.
“It started with stone throwing and damaging of vehicles and now it’s home-made bombs which could cause so much damage,” she said.
Ro Teimumu also said the attacks were systematic and connected.
“It is lucky Raivoce had the training to be able to respond to such attacks. If the fire bomb had reached its target, which was the engine of the vehicle, there would have been an explosion and lives would have been lost.”
Ro Teimumu said people behind such attacks should stop such cowardly actions before a life is claimed.
“These people should think seriously about what they are doing. Because I know there are people behind the perpetrators who are the real culprits of these attacks,” she added.

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