28 May 2014

Fresh Fiji push to probe regime breaches

1:11 pm on 28 May 2014

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji has written to the new police commissioner in a bid to expedite an investigation into two alleged breaches by the regime leader.

Earlier this month, police said they could not comment on the probe which was opened in April after the UFDF reported Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama to the police for campaigning without having his party registered.

Under the regime's decrees such action can result in a ten-year jail term and could prevent the regime leader from standing in the election he promised for September.

Two weeks ago, a retired South African police and military officer, Bernadus Groenewald, was made the new Police Commissioner and the UFDF has now written to him asking him to expedite the probe.

This comes as the regime leader has applied to register his political party amid controversy over the false declaration of one of its members, which according to the regime decree on political parties could incur the proposed party a fine of more than 200 million US dollars.