22 Dec 2003

Fiji attorney general says military's comments on commander's contract border on the irresponsible

11:29 am on 22 December 2003

Fiji's attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale says the government will not be manipulated by comments from the military on the expiry of Commodore Bainmarama's contract.

His comment came after a military statement that it would not be threatened by coup tainted politicians who were part of George Speight's camp and government officials who had a personal interest in the army commander's removal.

The Sunday Times quotes Mr Bale as saying the military's comments are unnecessary and bordering on the irresponsible.

Mr Bale says there will be no such thing ac Commodore Bainimarama's removal - just that his contract will expire in March and the authorities will decide what happens next.

The attorney general has accused those expressing concern about Commodore Bainimarama's contract of having a hidden agenda.

The opposition leader, the Labour Party, the SVT party and NGOs have said Commodore Bainimarama's contract as head of the military should be renewed until all the investigations into the May 2000 coup and army mutiny are completed.