13 Nov 2007

Detained NZ citizen Khan labelled Fiji national security threat

2:46 pm on 13 November 2007

Fiji's military says the New Zealand national recovering under guard at Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Ballu Khan, is a national security threat.

Mr Khan has been in hospital since November the 3rd when he sustained injuries during his arrest for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to incite mutiny and assassinate key government figures.

The military spokesman, Lt Col Mosese Tikoitoga, has told Radio Legend people calling for Mr Khan's constitutional rights to be respected should understand the seriousness of the allegations against him.

He says Mr Khan, a foreign national, was allegedly trying to destabilise the country and what the security forces did was to prevent Fiji becoming like Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Fiji police have not charged Mr Khan yet as they have not interviewed him because he is in hospital.

Mr Khan's lawyer, Tevita Fa, arranged for a private doctor to examine his client yesterday in his efforts to send him to New Zealand for medical treatment.

The permanent secretary for health, Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa, says any decision on overseas medical treatment will not be made by outside doctors but by staff who have been treating him on a daily basis.