31 Aug 2006

Fiji Lawyer says Prime Minister must accept responsibility for diplomatic postings

9:43 am on 31 August 2006

A Fiji lawyer and former policeman has blamed the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, for allowing people involved in the coup to be take up diplomatic posts.

Naipote Vere has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that only Mr Qarase could explain the choice of Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi, a supporter of the 2000 coup, as Fiji's next high commissioner to Malaysia.

Mr Vere also says police have been wrong to wait for reports to be lodged before taking action against people alleged to have played a part in the coup.

He says it is the duty of police to investigate offences if it comes to their knowledge, regardless of people's chiefly status or religious affiliation.

Mr Vere says people who have information about the coup can be charged with compounding a felony.

He says chiefs who were involved in the coup should own up and set an example for their people.

Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi replaces Adi Samanunu Talakuli Cakobau who has been appointed minister without portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office.