24 May 2011

Former officer alleges corruption in Fiji regime

3:42 pm on 24 May 2011

The former senior Fiji soldier who fled to Tonga says corruption is now rampant within the Fiji regime.

Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara was charged with sedition earlier in May, but says he will not get a fair trial in Fiji.

The military government of Fiji has applied to the government of Tonga to have him extradited.

In a You Tube message, Colonel Mara said the 2006 coup objectives are no longer any part of the regime plan.

"They are now indulging in unprecedented levels of self-enrichment never seen under any previous government," he said.

Colonel Mara said military leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum are being paid nearly $US400,000 a year under the pretext of holding several ministerial portfolios.