20 Jan 2006

Woman found in Fiji with top secret documents

9:31 am on 20 January 2006

A woman who appeared in the Suva magistrate's court yesterday in connection with the trashing of Fiji Television Limited at the height of the May 2000 coup was also found to be in possession of top secret state documents.

Mele Afu, 43, has now been charged with larceny of documents and receiving stolen property.

The court was told that a police search of her luggage on arrest produced classified documents belonging to the government, the military and the Civil Aviation Authority.

The documents included minutes of a National Security Council meeting, contingency plans of Nadi International and Nausori airports with all security areas marked and a copy of the Civil Aviation Security Act.

As well, Ms Afu had a series of command diaries of the Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit which carried out the coup, pictures of them training in Fiji and overseas, and a photograph of the former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, who set up the unit.

Ms Afu has told the court the documents were given to her by a Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit soldier.

The trial will continue today with more witnesses giving evidence.