22 Feb 2007

Deposed Fiji minister says military chief fears legal scrutiny

1:02 pm on 22 February 2007

A minister in the deposed Fiji government claims the December coup was carried out in part because the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, wanted to quash police probes into his role in the events of 2000.

Adi Asenaca Caucau says the latest coup has caused enormous damage to the country in which she says many people no longer dare to speak out for fear of being beaten by the military.

Adi Asenaca says her SDL Party and its members let the law be applied.

"We sacrificed our own members, we sacrificed our relatives, we sacrificed them for the rule of the law, for justice to take place. So why should the commander not also go to court. And that's what he did not want."

Adi Asenaca, who is on a visit to New Zealand, says if she returns to Fiji, she may not be allowed to leave again.