5 Nov 2004

Fiji Labour party lodges police complaint about Rabuka

8:12 am on 5 November 2004

The Fiji Labour Party has lodged a complaint with the police after the former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, publicly predicted another coup and political instability if Labour wins the 2006 general election.

The Fiji Sun quotes the Labour Party president, Jokapeci Koroi, as saying such claims were made by several people including Mr Rabuka after the 1999 general election which Labour won.

Mrs Koroi says threats through the media later culminated in an orchestrated move to destabilise the Labour coalition government which eventually led to the terrorist takeover of parliament on May 19th, 2000.

Mrs Koroi says Mr Rabuka's threats should not be taken lightly this time given his track record in the coups of 1987, and his alleged involvement in the coup and mutiny of 2000.

She says Mr Rabuka's statement is in breach of the Public Order Act as it effectively promotes terrorism with the intention to levy war against an elected government in the future.