20 Jun 2003

Fiji police investigating alleged plot to destabilise the country

7:30 am on 20 June 2003

Fiji police are investigating a plot to destabilise the country if the Labour Party is included in the cabinet after the Supreme Court case

The Daily Post reports that a police Special Branch officer from parliament has filed a report after a member of the public overheard a group of politicians discussing a plot to cause civil unrest if the Labour Party is included in the cabinet.

Superintendent Waisea Tabakau has confirmed that a report has been received and that the Special Branch is investigating.

Superintendent Tabakau says the matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness and they are monitoring the situation.

The minister for home affairs, Joketani Cokanasiga, says he is aware of the talk of destabilisation going round the country.

He warns that if anyone is planning anything they will face the full brunt of the law.

Security remains tight in the capital with police carrying out special operations on the ground.

The military spokesman, Warrant Officer Neumi Leweni, says police will handle the security situation but the army would move in if they could no longer protect citizens.