15 Jan 2005

Fiji military accuses government of breeding deviousness

10:11 am on 15 January 2005

Fiji's military has accused the government of breeding a culture of deviousness in the public service.

The Fiji Sun says the accusation follows the government's failure to explain why it's paying a pension to the former vice president, Seniloli, who is serving his four-year prison sentence outside jail.

Earlier this week, the military had challenged the Attorney General's Office, the finance ministry and the public service commission to explain how a state prisoner is collecting a pension.

The public service commission hasn't responded while the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, says he'll direct his answers to the courts.

The military spokesman, Captain Leweni, says the present scenario has set a dangerous precedent for the public service because political expediency has overshadowed professional standards.