12 Mar 2010

Fiji police say Rinakama free after five days in custody

1:02 pm on 12 March 2010

The Fiji police now say a former parliamentarian, Peceli Rinakama, has been released from custody after he was seized by soldiers last Friday.

A police spokesman, Atunaisa Sokomuri, says after he was held for five days, he was charged with violating the public emergency regulations and allowed to go home on Wednesday.

No further details have been given about the nature of the alleged offence.

The interim government and the military declined all comment about the case.

The Fiji Sun quotes the police commissioner as saying Mr Rinakama is still in custody and under investigation.

But the police spokesman says the media reports about Mr Rinakama are wrong.

"He appeared in the Suva magistrate's court on Wednesday in regards to the Public Emergency Regulations and he has been bailed to reappear on teh 31st of this month."

Atunaisa Sokomuri, a Fiji police spokesman

Since last April, the interim regime has been ruling with emergency powers, allowing the military to detain individuals deemed to be a threat to the nation's security.