Saturday, May 21, 2011

Roko Ului Mara Ready to Testify Against Fiji Dictator Bainimarama

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 21 May 2011

Latest interview with Roko Ului Mara: I'm ready to testify against Bainimarama

1) What sort of military evidence do you have?
I can’t tell you the details now but it will be released over the coming weeks. I have documentary evidence of the corruption, the Human Rights abuses and even some relevant documents that go back to the 2000 Coup.
With regards to military evidence, orders given by Bainimarama were all verbal prior to, during and after 2006 till now. These orders included the detention of people, it was normally relayed through his Personal Staff Officers, it was a closely tight knit group involving only 5 senior officers and excluded the majority of the Military Council. As I've mentioned I’m ready to testify against Bainimarama. I know that I also will need to answer to the Fijian people when I return.

2) How will you use this to have Frank Bainimarama removed?
Again, I can’t go into details. There is a plan we are working towards the removal of this regime. It will not happen overnight but it will happen.

3) How is your wife and would this be the third time she was taken to the barracks? What did they ask her?
She has been to the military camp twice this week and today, Saturday; she has to pay a third or fourth visit to CID. They are asking her to admit to helping me leave the country and knowing in advance that I was leaving. They have been putting pressure on her and Adi Koila Ganilau to change their original statements.

4) What's your thoughts on the investigation to find the person who was with you when you went out to Kadavu?
My statements and my presence here in Tonga is a big slap in the face of the regime. Bainimarama needs to save face and the only way they can do that is by framing someone as an accomplice to my escape. As I said I went fishing by myself and I got into difficulties and I was rescued by a Tongan Navy vessel. I am a military officer and I am perfectly capable of organizing a Fishing trip.

5) Tim McBride has been named as the surfer accompanying you ... is this why his wife, Adi Koila Ganilau, is being questioned?
You will have to ask CID. I cannot answer for their actions. All I can say is that they are looking in the wrong direction. No one else was involved in organizing my fishing trip.
The question to be asked is “where was the military surveillance that day?” Those surveillance teams are 3FIR men who used to be under my command. Their loyalty is still with me, each and every move they make is reported to me here in Tonga. I was fishing from Sunday to Tuesday before I got into difficulties. In that whole time no one knew I was missing. This indicates the lack of support for Frank in the Army. Police officer's I know have also voiced their dissatisfaction with the Regime and lack of support for Naivalurua whom they believe is another puppet of Khaiyum. These were both Fijian & Indian officers!!

6) Have any soldiers been in contact to pledge their allegiance and support to you?
I have been in contact with a lot of people in Fiji since my arrival from Tonga. I am getting calls and emails all the time. Soldiers in particular 3FIR officers and men have been pledging their support to me ever since I was sent on leave. I'm also getting a lot of support from the Police who are helping my efforts to make regime change happen. For obvious reasons I can’t divulge any more information.

7) Was a civilian supposed to be PM when Bainimarama took over the country in 2006? 
I will cover this in the coming weeks, how unresolved investigations and matters from the 2000 crisis led to the 2006 coup, including the original plan.

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