22 Jun 2004

Fiji NGO helps police enquiry into attempts to overthrow army commander

3:26 pm on 22 June 2004

The executive director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says he had to release confidential information on an attempt to overthrow the army commander.

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki says he talked to the police commissioner because the commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is facing an inquiry over counter allegations that he'd planned to bring down the government.

Rev Yabaki says he was told by a senior army officer that members of the junior coalition partner, the Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua party, approached him to help seize the main army camp and overthrow the commander.

The allegations were made public some months ago but Rev Yabaki says he went to the police recently to discuss the issue.

"We thought then that we should release this information into the public domain as a counter-weight to what had been said about the commander. And, that information is also with the commissioner of police."

Rev Akuila Yabaki.

There have been changes made to the terms of reference for the inquiry into the actions of the commander.