16 Feb 2010

Claims at Fiji assassination threat trial that key military installations were to be taken over

2:40 pm on 16 February 2010

A state witness in the trial of eight men accused of conspiring to kill Fiji's interim prime minister, says the plot also involved plans to take over key military installations and to remove Indo Fijians.

Fiji Village reports that a soldier, Luke Toa has testified that one of the accused, Barbados Mills told him Commodore Frank Bainimarama was to be killed and a new President appointed.

Luke Toa said another of the accused, Sivaniolo Naulago had said Australians were to be brought in to run the businesses in the country and that the Indo Fijians would be removed.

He said Barbados Mills told them rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and M16 and AK47 weapons would be needed to carry out the plan.

The accused are also alleged to have plotted to assassinate the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the former Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry in 2007.