24 Feb 2007

Fiji police cease investigation into sedition allegations against Commodore Bainimarama

9:38 am on 24 February 2007

Fiji police have shelved investigations into allegations of sedition against the military commander and interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama.

The investigations were started by the former police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, after Commodore Bainimarama threatened to clean up the Qarase government if it did not do so itself.

The acting police commissioner, Romanu Tikotikoca, says the investigations have been shelved for reasons of national security.

Mr Tikotikoca says police believe that at this time national security supercedes all other issues.

He says police efforts are being directed at maintaining peace and stability to facilitate the return of a democraticly elected government.