21 Feb 2007

Fiji military arrest senior police officer

10:35 am on 21 February 2007

Fiji's military has taken into custody a senior police officer who was reported to be investigating the December 5th overthrow of the Qarase government.

The Land Force commander, Col Pita Driti, has told Radio Legend that the acting director of the police Criminal Investigation Department, Waisea Tabakau, was taken into custody last Friday.

Col Driti says other senior police officers who initiated the investigation will be tracked down and questioned.

He says the military is concerned about why these officers continued with investigations after President Iloilo granted immunity to the military commander and his troops.

President Iloilo issued a decree last month granting unconditional immunity to the military for events which took place between December 5th and the appointment of the interim administration.

Mr Tabakau, who was one of the two officers sent to New Zealand by former commissioner Andrew Hughes in a failed attempt to arrest Commodore Bainimarama, was also detained when sniper rifles were found at the homes of two senior police officers.