17 Nov 2011

Former Fiji army colonel adamant phone company involved in tapping

5:01 pm on 17 November 2011

The former Fiji army colonel, Ratu Tevita Mara, says Vodafone's continued denial of any involvement in phone tapping amounts to a lie.

Ratu Tevita, who fled Fiji in May while facing sedition charges, says phone tapping and email tampering started in early 2007 under the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

He says Connect and Vodafone are involved, with the latter the main offender.

Ratu Tevita says he does not believe Vodafone's claim that it lacks the technical capability to tap phones and says during his time in power, the company would just need a request from above.

"I know every time that the military or the police would want phones tapped they'd want a written authority from the legal regime, regime would write a directive to Vodafone to tap his phone."

Ratu Tevita Mara saye he believes Vodafone wanted the written directives so that it can cover itself if future cases are brought against it under a democratically elected government.