8 Nov 2007

Fiji police commissioner condemns false accusations

10:26 am on 8 November 2007

Fiji's police commissioner says people are making false allegations to divert attention away from the fact that there was a conspiracy to assassinate key figures.

Commodore Esala Teleni was referring to the New Zealand government's expressed concern that one of its nationals arrested for the conspiracy, Ballu Khan, was being verbally abused in hospital by the same person who allegedly assaulted him.

The concern was expressed by James Funnell, spokesman for the New Zealand foreign affairs minister, Winston Peters.

But Commodore Teleni has told the Fiji Times people are shifting the focus away from the assassination plot to Ballu Khan's alleged beating and human rights issues.

He says the crux of the matter is that Ballu Khan was part of an assassination plot and no government in the world would allow that to happen.

Commodore Teleni says New Zealand officials have been allowed to visit Khan but were cautioned not to interfere with the process of investigation.

Meanwhile, another New Zealand citizen and employee of Khan, Sivaniolo Naulago, has also been detained in connection with the assassination conspiracy.