6 May 2002

Fiji police call on Lt Col Tarakinikini to return from New York for coup probe

5:28 pm on 6 May 2002

The Fiji police commissioner, Colonel Isikia Savua, has told the controversial officer, Lt Col Filipo Tarakinikini, to return home and clear his name.

Lt Col Tarakinkini is wanted by the army to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the May 2000 coup and also the November mutiny which was aimed at assassinating the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Col Savua says although the police have cleared the officer, the military may have some other information.

His comments come a month before he takes up a new position as Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where Lt Col Tarakinikini is also living.

Meanwhile, another report says Interpol will not help in extraditing the officer to Fiji because he has not been charged with a criminal offence.