8 Nov 2006

Fiji military commander seeks judicial review of police moves against him

6:15 pm on 8 November 2006

Fiji's military commander is considering seeking a judicial review of police investigations into his statements against the government.

Radio Fiji reports that Commodore Frank Bainimarama has revealed this to former Fiji journalist Stan Ritova of SouthPacificNews online.

Commodore Bainimarama has accused Fiji's Australian police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, of acting outside his constitutional powers.

He says the decision by Mr Hughes to investigate him was not in the interest of crime prevention but to remove him from office.

Commodore Bainimarama says this is the result of political pressure on the police force to silence the military.

Commodore Bainimarama says he wants to know whether the police investigation into his call for the government to step down is within the law.

He says only when the courts have determined this will he make a statement to the police.

Commodore Bainimarama has also confirmed he will attend Thursday's meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs which will discuss the impasse between the military and the government.