19 Nov 2002

Fiji to heighten security after threats on PM and army commander

6:11 pm on 19 November 2002

Security is being increased for Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase and the army commander, Frank Bainimarama, following reports of threats on their lives.

Fiji's assistant information minister, Simione Kaitani, says security will be heightened after a police intelligence officer confirmed the threat, which followed the conviction and sentencing of 15 soldiers for staging the November 2000 mutiny.

Mr Kaitani says any threat to a national leader is serious and they will be increasing security...

"We're talking about our Fijian leader, our national leader and I believe every caution should be under taken to ensure their safety."

Simione Kaitani has confirmed that the police intelligence unit have some leads they are following as to who issued the threat.

However, military spokesman Neumi Leweni says the army is not aware of any threat to its commander and the prime minister.