25 Apr 2005

Former Fiji PM critical of police commissioner over Seruvakula revelation

3:46 pm on 25 April 2005

A former Fiji Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, says the police commissioner has allowed the Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry to interfere with coup investigations.

His comments came after Andrew Hughes met Mr Chaudhry to discuss revelations that Mr Rabuka, the former police commissioner Col Isikia Savua and a government senator were named in a police statement as being involved in the coup.

The Daily Post made the revelations while publishing more details of the July 2003 police statement given by Lieutenant Colonel Viliame Seruvakula.

Mr Rabuka says Mr Hughes has compromised his position.

"Unfortunately Mr Chaudhry has been over-zealous in his attempt to clear these cases that are outstanding, could be accused of politically interfering with the affairs of the police. For the commissioner of police to specifically say that he's gone there because he was a victim, has also prejudiced his own position at the commission."

Mr Chaudhry had said it was hard to believe that police had taken no action over the information in Lt Col Seruvakula's statement.