8 May 2007

Fiji military to seize and warn letter writer

1:43 pm on 8 May 2007

The Fiji military will dispatch soldiers to round up a letter writer who, in a letter to the editor in today's Fiji Times, is critical of the military coup.

Land Force Commander, Colonel Pita Driti, says they just want to warn Seremaia Tui about the seriouness of talking about sensitive issues.

Colonel Driti has told the newspaper that he will be brought up to the camp and warned.

In his letter, Mr Tui said a can of worms was opened up by comments from the military that the coup had been planned for four years.

Mr Tui questioned the 2000 coup and the inability of the military to find out who from the Nabua army camp had planned it, as well as the deaths of soldiers at that time and the lack of a conclusion to who their killers were.

He also went on to label the corruption investigation a lie as the commander has not mentioned the names of the SDL ministers involved in the 2000 coup.

Colonel Driti said these comments were serious and they would take the writer in for questioning.