26 Oct 2005

Fiji military investigating senior officer's links to new security firm

11:12 am on 26 October 2005

Fiji's military is investigating one of its serving senior officers for his links to a new security company set up by Illisoni Ligairi, the leader of the gunmen who staged the May 2000 coup.

The Fiji Sun reports that Major Isimeli Uluilakeba has been named as one of the directors of Mr Ligairi's Ronin High Risk Security Company.

Mr Ligairi, the former British SAS soldier whose gunmen seized the Chaudhry government and held it hostage for 56 days, says his company is not a threat to national security.

But Major Uluilakeba is now under military investigation for his involvement with the company.

The military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says Major Uluilakeba was on leave but was recalled for questioning yesterday.

Captain Leweni would not comment on whether Major Uluilabeka was seen as a threat to the military or to national security.

He said it would be unfair to comment but added that "things will unfold" after the questioning.