2 Jul 2002

Investigation into alleged sabotage at Fiji sugar mills

3:32 pm on 2 July 2002

An investigation is under way in Fiji into allegations of sabotage at two of the country's four sugar mills which forced their closure.

The chairman of the Fiji Sugar Commission, Gerald Barrack, says the decision to form the two member investigation team was made at the request of the Sugar Cane Growers Council.

Mr Barrack says the Sugar Corporation has reported various mill breakdowns at Lautoka in the last fortnight, two of which were the result of deliberate sabotage.

One was damage to the pipes which supply water to the mill's boilers and another was the shutting of valves which supply oil to the cane shredders and their bearings, resulting in serious damage.

Mr Barrack says whoever was responsible wanted to inflict maximum damage on the mill machinery.