Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Military Council Questioned me: High Chief

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, February 24, 2010

Ratu Inoke Takiveikata told the Suva High Court today that he was summoned by the Military Council and some members of the Cabinet to clarify rumours circulating in 2007 about a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.

Ratu Inoke told the court that he was summoned by the Military Council in late September 2007 to a meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Ratu Inoke said the meeting was to have been between him and Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara but this was cancelled.

However later the same day he was called again but this time told that he would be meeting the Military Council and members of Cabinet.

Ratu Inoke told the court that he clarified to those present at the meeting, that the rumours were false and there was no plot to assassinate Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

He also told the court, that while Pacific Connex was still in partnership with the Native Lands Trust Board in 2007, officers from the 3FIR regularly visited their office.

Ratu Inoke, who was director for Pacific Connex at the time, says he was present on one occasion when 3FIR officers came and told former CRW soldiers not to try anything.

The former CRW soldiers were being employed by Pacific Connex at the time.

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