27 Oct 2006

Suspect involved in assassination attempt on Fiji's military commander flees country

9:19 am on 27 October 2006

A suspect in the attempt to assassinate Fiji's military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, during the November 2000 mutiny has fled the country.

And the Fiji Sun reports that the commander of Land Forces, Colonel Pita Driti, wants the police to answer how coup convict Apenisa Rovutuqica was able to slip through Nadi International Airport and board a flight to Los Angeles two weeks ago.

Col Driti says the military has taken into account that Rovutuqica has already served his time in jail for being one of the Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit soldiers who stormed parliament on the day of the coup.

Col Driti says the man still has several cases against him all relating to national security, one of which is that he was assigned to assassinate Commodore Bainimarama.

Police spokeswoman Sylvia Low did not know of Rovutuqica and asked what he was supposed to have done.

Another coup convict who now lives in Australia, Maciu Navakasuasua, has told the Sun he was able to slip out of Fiji by changing his surname.