30 May 2011

Senior Fiji army figure accuses regime leader of violence against democracy activists

10:34 am on 30 May 2011

The senior Fiji solider who has fled to Tonga has called on his country's police commissioner to investigate his allegations that the regime's leader is implicated in violence against civilians.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara left Fiji shortly after being charged with sedition.

In his latest statement from the Tonga capital, he accuses Commodore Frank Bainimarama of being involved when pro democracy activists were taken to the barracks shortly after the coup in 2006.

He says those being attacked could not see who was involved, and had blamed another senior army officer for the beating:

"The girls could not see who was attacking them and for a long time it had been blamed on Brigadier General Pita Driti. It was not Brigadier Driti, but Commodore Banimarama, the man who calls himself the Prime Minister of Fiji."

Part of a video statement by Colonel Mara