14 Dec 2006

Fiji police join search for persons who threatened to kill army commander

8:06 am on 14 December 2006

Fiji police have joined the military in investigating a plot to assassinate the army commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

The Fiji Sun reports intelligence officers have fanned out across the country to keep a watch on suspects who may be involved in the conspiracy.

The military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says army personnel are on the ground throughout Fiji to ensure that such activities are not allowed to take place.

He says they have information on the actions of members of the ousted Qarase government who the army believes are out to create destabilization.

Major Leweni says there is no need to step up security for the commander because he is safe.

Meanwhile, the leader of Fiji's first two military coups in 1987, Sitiveni Rabuka, has condemned any plot against the life of the commander.

Mr Rabuka says any hint of this has the potential to destabilize the already very fragile security situation.

Mr Rabuka says the last thing anyone wants now is for the army to use force to maintain peace and anyone in the plot should stop it.