6 Sep 2007

Interpol yet to check if Fiji treason probe request was lodged

1:49 pm on 6 September 2007

The head office of Interpol says it is checking with its branch in Fiji if an official request was made to help establish whether the ousted Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, committed treason.

The interim regime claims that Mr Qarase sought foreign military intervention from Australia and New Zealand last year in the face of a threatened coup.

Three months ago, Fiji police said that it had sought the assistance of Interpol to question the prime minister of Australia, John Howard, and his New Zealand counterpart, Helen Clark, in connection with the claim.

Last month, the Fiji police said the probe was put on hold after having sent Interpol repeated reminders.