15 Jun 2011

Fiji's Mara not worried by attempt to extradite him from Australia

1:58 pm on 15 June 2011

The former military officer Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, says he's not worried about attempts by Fiji to extradite him from every country he visits.

Colonel Mara who fled to Tonga after being charged with sedition is now in Australia on a six month visa speaking to pro-democracy groups.

Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he's filed extradition papers with the Australian Attorney General.

Colonel Mara, who's travelling on a Tongan passport, says he's had legal advice not to worry about attempts to extradite him.

"It's coming from an illegal regime by an illegal Attorney-General so I don't think we should be paying much attention to that. I've been given my visa and I am within the bounds of my visa."

Colonel Mara says he'll check today on the visa he's been promised for a two day visit to New Zealand.

A spokesman for the Australian Attorney-General's office says it doesn't comment on extradition requests.