21 Jun 2011

Fiji former military chief plans US visit

8:06 pm on 21 June 2011

A former Fiji military officer Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara is planning to take his campaign against the Fiji regime to the United States.

The former regime insider says he'll travel to the US after visiting New Zealand and Samoa.

Sally Round reports.

"The former high-ranking military chief fled from Fiji last month after being charged with sedition and he's currently in Australia speaking to groups fighting for a return to democracy in Fiji. Colonel Mara plans to use the open-ended three day visa he's been granted for New Zealand, next week. He then plans to visit Samoa, whose Prime Minister has congratulated Colonel Mara for admitting his guilt over his involvement in the 2006 military coup. Fiji's interim Attorney-General has said extradition papers will be filed in every country the colonel visits. New Zealand's Justice Ministry's confirmed it's received an extradition request from Fiji and it's seeking legal advice. he Ministry says there are a number of steps in the legal process before any extradition request could be met."