20 May 2011

Bainimarama says Mara is a "voice in the wilderness"

10:29 am on 20 May 2011

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the escape of former army Commander Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara to Tonga is of secondary importance to the country.

The Fiji Sun reports Commodore Bainimarama as saying Colonel Mara is not the Government's main concern right now.

He says Colonel Mara should join former land force Commander Jone Baledrokadroka as another lonely voice in the wilderness.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Government will not comment on the issue again until there is a finalisation of its extradition application sent to the Tongan government.

He said investigations to find out whether there were locals who helped Colonel Mara escape are continuing.