Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Fiji PM Assasination Trial Continues

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, February 03, 2010

A spy today admitted in Court that he suggested a method to assassinate Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama only to gather more information from a group of men already trying to assassinate him.

Prosecution witness Lance Corporal Peniasi Kuli made the statement under cross examination by defense lawyers, in the trial of eight man accused of trying to assassinate Bainimarama, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

Defence lawyer Mehboob Raza questioned Kuli on his work with the Fiji Military Forces intelligence unit and his analysis of events at that time, which he reported back to superiors.

In particular Kuli was questioned about his analysis of a newspaper advertisement put out by Naitasiri high chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, who is one of the accused.

Kuli says he didn’t think the ad put out by Ratu Inoke calling for reconciliation was genuine.

He says he believed Ratu Inoke was trying to mislead the people and incite them against the government.

Kuli said the newspaper ad had a hidden agenda to create instability, ill feeling and uncertainty.

It was revealed in court that Kuli gave this assessment to superiors within the military intelligence and was also part of his police statement.

When asked of his involvements in the meeting that allegedly hatched the plot to assassinate Commodore Bainimarama, Kuli says he was acting as a spy and only suggested they poison the PM’s food and drinks because he wanted to gather more information.

Kuli told the court he suggested the plan, only after he had been told that a plot already existed to assassinate senior government figures.

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