1 Sep 2006

Fiji government defends latest diplomatic posting

10:07 am on 1 September 2006

The Fiji government has called on critics of its new high commissioner to Malaysia for his alleged involvement in the coup to take their evidence to the police.

The chief executive of the Prime Minister's Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, was responding to criticism from the military and two coup convicts that Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi was involved in the coup.

The military said it had evidence which it was willing to give to the police if asked while one of the two convicts said George Speight had considered Ratu Epeli as a candidate for prime minister in his failed administration.

But Mr Kotobalavu says under the Constitution every person is presumed to be innocent unless convicted by a court of law.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, has called for a commission of inquiry into the coup saying police have a lot of information about the main players which the people need to know but which could not be made public because it was not sufficient to start prosecutions.