29 Apr 2005

Fiji police may yet question military commander in coup probe

4:02 pm on 29 April 2005

Fiji police are downplaying the questioning of Commmodore Frank Bainimarama over the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution during the 2000 coup.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, says police will be asking Commodore Bainimarama about his actions during the coup and the removal of the former president, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Mr Hughes says once the facts have been established they will seek legal advice on the matter from the director of public prosecutions.

He says the DPP will determine whether Commodore Bainimarama's actions were legal.

"In terms of whether or not it will result in any criminal action, that' s a matter for the DPP. My sense of it is that there's not an awful lot of substance to, this but nevertheless it has to be completed and that's why the commander will be given the opportunity to put his version of events."

Mr Hughes says questioning Commodore Bainimarama is normal police procedure.