24 May 2011

Fiji's Mara says Bainimarama's promise to hold 2014 elections was a ploy

7:35 am on 24 May 2011

The former Fiji soldier who fled to Tonga says the promise to hold elections in 2014 was a ploy to soften the international community.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara fled to Tonga after being charged with sedition, saying he feared he would not get a fair trial.

Fiji is awaiting a reply from the Tonga Government on an application for his extradition.

In a YouTube message, Colonel Mara says the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has indoctrinated the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama with a plan to rule Fiji indefinitely

"Just like his first promise, the 2014 Elections will never be staged in Fiji. It is only a ploy to soften the international community from the smart sanctions and extract as much loans from donor agencies to sustain the cruel dictatorship until they could for self -interested ambitions."

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara.