28 Aug 2006

Malaysia hideout for Fiji coup backers, says former convict

3:17 pm on 28 August 2006

A former Fiji coup convict and nationalist party executive says Malaysia is becoming the hiding place for chiefs involved in the May 2000 coup.

The Fiji Sun reports that Josaia Waqabaca made the comment after the government announced the appointment of Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi as the new high commissioner in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Waqabaca says first it was Adi Samanunu Talakuli Cakobau and now it is Ratu Epeli.

Another former coup convict who now lives in Australia, Maciu Navakasuasua, says Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi was one of the church leaders who supported the coup and was even considered for prime minister in George Speight's illegal administration.

Mr Navakasuasua says the former high commissioner to Malaysia, Adi Samanunu was also a strong supporter of the coup.

On Adi Samanunu's return recently, the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, made her a senator and appointed her minister without portfolio in his office.