20 May 2011

Fiji military had no intention of holding elections - fugitive

12:25 pm on 20 May 2011

A former Fiji army commander who fled the country says the military regime has never had any intention of holding elections.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara escaped to Tonga after being charged with sedition.

Fiji was to have held elections by now, but Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has deferred them until 2014.

However, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the extradition of Colonel Mara is not the government's main concern at the moment.

He told the Fiji Sun newspaper that Colonel Mara would become just another lonely voice in the wilderness.

Commodore Bainimarama seized power in a coup in December 2006. It was the fourth coup in Fiji since 1987.