30 Nov 2006

Fiji PM sees no good in possible arrest of military commander

3:14 pm on 30 November 2006

Fiji's prime minister is reported to have said that the possible arrest of the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, on sedition charges will not do anything good for Fiji.

Radio Legend says Mr Qarase reportedly said this on a New Zealand radio station last night.

Mr Qarase said arrest would not serve any useful purpose but could make the situation worse for the country.

Mr Qarase said further talks are required on this issue with the appropriate authorities.

One of Commodore Bainimarama's demands has been that all police investigations against him and his senior officers be stopped and the Australian commissioner, Andrew Hughes, be removed.

Mr Hughes, who travelled with Mr Qarase for yesterday's New Zealand mediated talks, left for Australia from Wellington for what he said was annual leave.