27 Sep 2005

Fiji opposition leader talks security with military boss

6:13 am on 27 September 2005

Fiji's opposition leader and military commander have met to discuss national security issues arising from disclosures made by a former coup convict.

Maciu Navakasuasua has given police a statement detailing the main players in the coup, people behind a bombing campaign to destabilise the Chaudhry government, plans to execute hostages and how soldiers were persuaded to stage the coup.

The military spokesman, Lt Col Orisi Rabukawaqa, says both Commodore Bainimarama and Mr Chaudhry agreed that the investigation and prosecution of those involved in the coup was the job of the police and DPP.

Mr Chaudhry raised concerns that people named in Mr Navakasuasua's statement might not be investigated and charged.

He also sought an assurance from Commodore Bainimarama that Fiji's national security and stability would not be compromised in the lead up to the next year's general elections.

Lt Col Rabukawaqa says the commander gave an assurance that the military will work very closely with the police in the maintenance of law and order and to ensure free and fair elections next year.