22 Mar 2006

Former Fiji coup convict names fellow plotters during Australian speaking tour

8:51 am on 22 March 2006

The roles of a very senior Fiji politician, Indo-Fijian businessmen, elite indigenous Fijians and ministers in the current Qarase government in the May 2000 coup are now being made public in Australia.

The Fiji Sun reports that they cannot be named in Fiji for legal reasons.

The newspaper says the revelations are coming from tell-all coup convict, Maciu Navakasuasua, whose life has been threatened should he return to Fiji.

Mr Navakasuasua, who has been invited by various organisations in Australia to talk about the coup, says he is "just telling the truth about what actually happened in Fiji and how {indigenous] Fijians were fooled that it was for their cause."

He says he has met separately with the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, and the Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, during recent weeks in Sydney.

Commodore Bainimarama has told the Fiji Sun that he had invited Mr Navakasuasua to speak at a seminar for Australian servicemen last month as part of the military's campaign to ensure that truth and justice prevail.

Commodore Bainimarama says what makes Mr Navakasuasua's testimony effective is that he was one of the initial plotters who recruited George Speight and was one of the seven gunmen who entered parliament to seize the government.