18 Jan 2006

Fiji police launch investigation into claims arising from tensions between army and government

9:24 am on 18 January 2006

Fiji police have begun investigating statements made by various people in the period of heightened tension during the recent standoff between the military and the government.

Radio Legend says the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, has confirmed the investigations which, he says, arise from a flood of complaints from individuals and institutions.

The complaints include one made by the government about the Fiji Labour Party president, Jokapeci Koroi, allegedly supporting a military takeover of the Qarase government.

Also under investigation are allegations that some individuals outside the military colluded with the sacked Land Force Commander, Lt Col Jone Baledrokadroka, to overthrow the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

Mr Hughes has also criticised certain international media outlets for sending out misleading reports about a coup being imminent in Fiji.

He says they grossly overstated the events of last week and caused unnecessary anxiety among people overseas.

Mr Hughes says there was never a threat to national security but matters arising from the events are being dealt with.