27 Feb 2008

Fiji regime revives security council and intelligence services

2:34 pm on 27 February 2008

Fiji's interim cabinet has approved the revival of the National Security Council and the Fiji Intelligence Services.

In a statement, it says this is to secure Fiji against increasing terrorism threats.

The interim defence minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says following the events of 9/11 in 2001 in the US and recently in Bali, the focus of national security agencies the world over is to combat rising terrorism worldwide.

The new council will include the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama as chairman, the interim attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the interim finance minister Mahendra Chaudhry and the Police Commissioner.

The council was first established in 1990 but disbanded in 1999.

Fiji had a Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit which was disbanded in 2000 after some of its members staged a coup and then joined a mutiny.