Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mohammed Aziz, fingered for Dobbing Driti and Mara

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 10 May 2011

Fiji's chief of staff, Mohammed Aziz,  left, fingered for betraying Driti and Mara. 

Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz has turned out to be Brutus in the midst: he's been identified as the one who betrayed fellow military officers, Pita Driti and Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, last week. 

Sources have confirmed Aziz is the main State witness and that it was his evidence that led to the former land force commander and former 3FIR Commander finally being charged. 

Driti and Mara appeared in Court last week: 

Diriti was charged with making seditious comments by allegedly calling for the sacking of rogue Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, and even dictator Frank Bainimara if he (Bainimarama) failed to sack Sayed Khaiyum. 

Driti is accused of having told a military officer to act against the regime. Roko Ului is alleged to have expressed his anger about Khaiyum and Bainimarama during a trip to South Korea last year. 

Sources say Aziz, who was made brigadier the same time as Driti in 2009, was allegedly part of the group with Driti and Roko Ului, as plans were hatched and discussed to remove the treasonous duo, Bainimarama and Khaiyum. 

Aziz is believed to have confessed every single detail about the oval plot to police and later grovelled and begged forgiveness from Bainimarama and Khaiyum. As a result, he gets to keep his top job in the military after greatfully agreeing to be the main State witness. 

In other revelations, Bainimarama's former trusted man in the military, Sitiveni Qiliho, has been sprung as one of those now helping the dictator's QEB henchmen Ben Naliva, Aseri Rokoura and Savenaca Siwatibau arrest and brutalize civilians like Renee Lal, Ben Padarath, Samisoni Tikonisau and others. 

Qiliho was given command of Fijian troops on a peacekeeping mission to Sinai last year, but returned unannounced early this year, and has not been seen publicly or at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks. 

But it's believed he's now an operative and is another who is trying to prove to Bainimarama that's he's still the dictator's trusted man. 

Sources say Qiliho was basically kicked out of the Fiji peacekeeping mission after a sexual harassment case was taken against him. It's whispered he was having an extra-marital affair with a female officer but it fizzled in Sinai under the strict code of conduct there. 

Qiliho tried to re-kindle the affair, failing which he is alleged to have sexually harassed the woman. The matter was reported to the United Nations Command and he was sent back to Fiji.

Fiji Live News - 09 May 2011

Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua has refuted claims that former Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti and former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara are in police custody.

Reports have surfaced that a directive was issued by Naivalurua for Driti and Mara to be remanded in police custody while awaiting their trial. 

When asked whether there was any truth to these reports, Naivalurua said: 
“That is news to me.” 

Naivalurua added the final decision was made by the Suva magistrate’s court in which the two men were granted bail.

In that court decision made last week, Driti and Mara were both granted $2000 bail each with no surety.

Driti appeared in court charged with one count of inciting mutiny and one count of uttering seditious comments.

Mara is charged with one count of uttering seditious comments.

The two men were ordered to surrender their passports and to reappear again on May 30.

By Repeka Nasiko

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