10 May 2011

Fiji police say two-ranking soldiers charged with sedition are not in custody

7:11 am on 10 May 2011

Fiji police have denied claims that two high-ranking soldiers charged with sedition are in custody.

The website Fijilive says there are reports that a directive was issued by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua for former Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti and Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara to be remanded in police custody while awaiting their trial.

Brigadier General Naivalurua says the report is news to him, and the final decision was made by the Suva magistrate's court in which the two men were granted bail.

In that court decision made last week, both men were granted bail.

The two men were ordered to surrender their passports and to reappear again on May 30.