12 Oct 2005

Fiji police and military meet again today to discuss ministry control of their budgets

11:15 am on 12 October 2005

Fiji's police commissioner says the military and the police will not take lightly any erosion of their independence by the home affairs ministry.

Andrew Hughes' comments on Radio Legend come ahead of his second meeting with the military commander this afternoon to discuss the attempt by the chief executive of the home affairs ministry to control their budgets.

Mr Hughes says in their meeting he and Commodore Bainimarama will finalise their case ahead of their meeting with home affairs officials later this week.

Mr Hughes says this is a critical issue and they will take the government to the High Court if other options fail.

He says he is not aware of any modern western democracy that has any powers in place to exercise the kind of controls the Fiji government is bringing to erode the powers of the commissioner.

Mr Hughes says the trend around the world now is to give police more powers to deal with newly emerging threats to security.

Fiji police this week revealed that Mr Hughes wrote to the home affairs minister twice in recent months on the issue but did not receive a reply.