15 Jul 2005

Mercenary group offers to protect Fiji government from the military

10:18 am on 15 July 2005

A mercenary force has offered to defend the Fiji government from the military if the Reconciliation and Unity Bill is passed.

The Fiji Sun reports that the offer has been made by an Israeli trained Fijian security officer, Viliame Raqio, of the Tel Aviv-based company, Global Security International.

Mr Raqio is quoted as saying his protection squad is only awaiting a call from the government if the military tries to stop the passing of the Bill.

Mr Raqio says he briefed the prime minister three weeks ago and last Wednesday he had talks with the minister for home affairs, Josefa Vosanibola.

He says he needs only six days to assemble his Force, adding that it is time somebody stands up to the threats made by the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

He says his Force is already in existence but has declined to give any information on how it will be armed.

Mr Raqio says they will have specialist people coming to Fiji to join the Force and provide the needed expertise.