24 Oct 2006

Fiji Labour Party demands investigation be conducted into serial Australian conman

4:16 pm on 24 October 2006

The Fiji Labour Party is demanding an investigation into the involvement of the serial Australian conman, Peter Foster, with the ruling SDL party.

The Daily Post quotes the FLP leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, as saying it is obvious that Mr Foster was granted a work permit in return for advice to the SDL on strategies to win this year's general election.

A weekend newspaper report said Mr Foster's mother, Louise, had made public a letter from the former director of the SDL party, Jale Baba, which was also copied to the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and the SDL president, Ratu Kalokalo Loki.

In the letter dated May 21st this year, Mr Baba thanked Mr Foster for his "constructive thoughts on re-election strategies" and went on to say that some of his suggestions had been adopted.

Mr Chaudhry says the prime minister must come clean and explain the correspondence between Mr Foster and the SDL campaign director in which Jale Baba made promises on business ventures.