31 May 2011

Mara accuses Fiji interim PM of organising post-coup arson attacks

8:03 am on 31 May 2011

A former senior Fiji officer who has fled to Tonga has accused the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, of organising arson attacks against critics of his 2006 military coup.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, who left Fiji shortly after being charged with sedition, has called on police to investigate his allegations.

They include claims that the regime leader was involved in attacks on women taken to the military barracks.

"Anybody, too vocal, was taken up to QEB barracks where they wrer assaulted and humiliated. If he wasn't attacking their bodies he was attacking their properties and organised a number of arson attacks against the people of Fiji."

So far, Fiji police have not said whether they will investigate the allegations.