Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Second Statement by Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 17 May 2011

Second statement comes in to C4.5 from Roko Ului Mara: "I am alleged to have said “This Government is F*** All!”


Video Transcript: 

Firstly I would like to thank Commodore Bainimarama for his statement yesterday. Without his help my arrival in Tonga would have been unnoticed by the world’s media. But now it has become global news and people the world over will learn of Bainimarama’s oppression of the Fijian People.

The Commodore has never qualified as a Naval Officer from any Naval Academy so his confusion of two points on the charts which are 100 miles apart, though understandable, bodes ill for the Fijian Navy. 

The Brotherhood of the Sea, in an emergency demands that the saving of life temporarily supersedes bureaucratic considerations of sovereignty. It is exactly under these rules that RNZAF aircraft are permitted often to overfly the waters of South Pacific Islands once an EPERB transmission is received. It is an exemplary and selfless act which is in the highest traditions of the RNZAF. 

Does the Dictator now suggest that, having found shipwrecked victims in future they should now be interrogated by the crew of the rescue craft and put back in the water if they were found to have been critical of the military regime? I can assure you that Kaiyum and Bainimarama will not get far instructing a tough bunch of Kiwis to carry out these inhumanities!

He has accused me of being under investigation for the disappearance of $3m from the Fiji Pine Board. These are the desperate attempts by a mentally and morally bankrupt man to smear the Mara name. There is no truth to the allegations. In fact that money went missing long before I became Chairman of the Fiji Pine Board. And it was under my Chairmanship that the loss was discovered and it was I who made it known to the authorities. All of this is recorded in the minutes of the Fiji Pine Board.

I was charged with using Seditious language. In a conversation to a fellow officer, whilst in Korea last year, I am alleged to have said “This Government is F*** All!” If saying that is sedition then everyone in Fiji, except for Bainimarama and Khaiyum, is also guilty of sedition. 

What he is saying is that anyone who criticizes any aspect of his regime in a private conversation can be reported and charged. That is not the Fiji I know and love, that is more like Nazi Germany and the Gestapo or the Soviet Union and the KGB.

I will come back to Fiji and I will face my fellow Fijians and answer for my part in the 2006 coup. However, I will not come back to face frivolous charges whilst the puppet master, Khaiyum, interferes with the Fiji judiciary on a daily basis. There are no longer fair trials in Fiji. The courts pass verdicts and the sentences dictated by Khaiyum.

I am more than happy to face any attempts for my extradition from Tonga. They have had democratic elections for the first time in November and they have a Government accountable to the people. They have a judiciary free from interference and I am sure that my side of the story will be heard fully and justice will prevail.
I want to give my thanks to the Tongan people for their hospitality and kindness.
Bio-data of Ratu Uluilakeba Mara
Ratu Tevita Kapaiwai Lutunauga Uluilakeba Mara is a Fijian career soldier, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as of early 2006. On 3rd Feb, 2001 he was named Army Chief of Staff succeeding Colonel Meli Saubulinayau, a close relative of his. 

This position is the fourth highest in the Fijian Military, behind that of the Military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff RFMF Brigadier General Mohamed Aziz and the Land Force Commander Brigadier General Pita Driti. Mara held the position for several months, before he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Third Infantry Regiment, a key position in the Fiji Army as he controls the infantry division.
In December 2006 The Republic of Fiji Military Forces took control of Fiji in bloodless coup. The army had a strict plan which was te remove corruption and corrupt politicians and to return to barracks within a year. 

Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara was in charge of the 3 FIR on that day and for the next 4 years.
He witnessed from the inside how power has corrupted the key players in the regime and how now they have forgotten their original objectives as they desperately cling to power. Colonel Mara has left Fiji so that he can speak freely about the need to for regime change in his beloved Fiji.

Pryde: Mara will receive fair hearing




The Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary for Justice Mr Christopher Pryde has confirmed that an application for the extradition of Ratu Tevita Mara from Tonga to Fiji has been sent this morning (17.5.11) from the Fiji Attorney-General to the Prime Minister of Tonga.  

“The Tongan Extradition Act states that it is the (Tongan) Prime Minister that has the authority to proceed on a case of extradition and so the request has been made to the Tongan Prime Minister,” he said. 

“All documentation required under the Tongan Extradition Act, as amended, has been supplied to the Tongan authorities and we look forward to this case being expedited,” he said. 

In response to claims by Ratu Mara that he would not receive a fair hearing in the courts of Fiji, Mr Pryde stated that:  “There is a clear case for him to answer and Ratu Mara can be confident that he will receive a fair hearing in Fiji. After all, it was the very judiciary that he claims is corrupt that gave him bail. 

"From time to time, different people, including overseas media, make claims that the courts in Fiji are being interfered with however, no one is able to ever give any specific examples of this. Indeed, they cannot because they are not. If the courts were being interfered with, the Government, and its related agencies, would win every case, it does not. 

"I would urge these people to read the judgments of the courts which are public documents.”

Mara: What are Australia and New Zealand waiting for?

By Tamara McLean, AAP South Pacific Correspondent

CHRISTCHURCH, May 17 AAP - A former Fiji military commander who fled the "brutal leadership" he once supported has criticised Australia and New Zealand for failing to bring the regime to its knees.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara, an ex-chief of staff in Fiji's military government, had been facing charges of plotting to overthrow self-appointed leader Frank Bainimarama when he was plucked from waters off Fiji by a Tongan Navy boat.

Holed up in a "secret location" in Tonga, Lt Col Mara is waiting to see if Fiji will force his extradition back to Suva where he and another high-ranking official, Brigadier General Pita Driti, are accused of inciting rebellion.

The fugitive, who denies the charge, told AAP it was a "huge relief" to be away from that "hateful regime" which has controlled Fiji since a coup in December 2006.

Describing Commodore Bainimarama as a "coward" and a "puppet" to the whims of his attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Lt Col Mara said he could "not understand why Australia doesn't do more to stop them".

"Australia, and New Zealand too, what are they waiting for? Can't they see that everything they've done, the sanctions and cutting Fiji off, haven't done nearly enough to hurt the regime.

"They need to show themselves to be regional powers and use more force to bring this regime down."

He called on Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to cut all aid to Fiji and "seriously consider" telling Australians not to holiday at the popular resort destination as "tourists just keep feeding the regime".

The calls are at odds with a paper released by Sydney's Lowy Institute last week urging Mr Rudd to soften Canberra's approach towards Fiji, relax sanctions and open diplomatic channels.

Mr Rudd and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully have been focused on pushing Fiji towards democratic elections which Cdre Bainimarama has promised to hold in September 2014.

But Lt Col Mara, who until recently was an insider, said there had been "real talk" within the ranks that elections will not happen.
"Khaiyum, certainly, doesn't want them, and he makes all the decisions."

Explaining his own role in the military coup and government, he said: "I believed in Bainimarama, in what he was doing, until I realised that it was terribly wrong."

He said he expected to answer to the people for his actions in the future.

The military man's escape has deepened a rift between Fiji and Tonga, which have been battling over ownership of mineral-rich Minerva Reef.

As the son of Fiji's first prime minister, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and a relation of Tongan royals, Lt Col Mara has close ties to both nations.

He said he chose to go to Nuku'alofa as he knew the kingdom would protect him.

Cdre Bainimarama has reacted angrily to his departure, calling it "an act of a despicable nature" and hitting out at Tonga's "illegal extraction".

"The Fijian government takes strong exception to such breaches of Fiji's sovereignty," Cdre Bainimarama said on Monday.

In response, Tonga's prime minister Lord Tu'ivakano denied the collection was planned and said the kingdom had no interest in interfering in Fiji's domestic affairs.
"Fiji's domestic affairs are her own and his majesty's government has no interest in bringing undue influence," the leader said in a statement.

Taking a swing at political interference in Fiji's judicial system, he said Tongan courts would be free to decide on the extradition application once it was received.

New Zealand has opted to stay out of the spat. Prime Minister John Key said Wellington would continue to monitor the situation but had no plans to get involved at this point. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

''for the wages of sin is death''time to pay up.......sa voleka mai na gauna