7 Nov 2007

Fiji interim PM says police and military did well to uncover alleged assassination plot

11:24 am on 7 November 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister says the country's security forces are acting in the same way as those of Australia and New Zealand would have done if a similar situation of planned or actual assassinations had arisen there.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who was the main target of the alleged conspiracy in Fiji, has commended the police and the military for uncovering the plot at some risk to their own lives.

Commodore Bainimarama says if the plot to kill him had not been unravelled, it would have led to serious unrest, bloodshed and instability.

Commodore Bainimarama says the police had not implicated Australia and New Zealand in the planned assassinations, but only said that their aid money to certain NGOs may have been misdirected.

He says had there been any intelligence that a foreign government was involved in a planned assassination that would have been conveyed to the appropriate authorities in that country.