22 May 2010

Fiji police say two men charged with conspiracy did not act alone

9:51 am on 22 May 2010

Two former high-ranking Fiji police officers have been remanded in police custody on charges of conspiring to remove the police commissioner from his position.

The two men appeared in court in Suva yesterday and pleaded not guilty.

One is a former assistant commissioner of police and the other the former director of the national intelligence bureau.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, in attempting remove the commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni from his position.

A police spokeswoman, Ema Dimila, says police are still investigating whether any other officers were involved.

"We have reasons to believe that other people, some other people would be involved in this. We don't think that only two would be enough to carry out what's been alleged against the two men. So we suppose there are other people involved or could have colluded with the two and so investigations are continuing until that time comes or the charges are laid on other people that we can mention names."

Ema Dimila says the two men will re-appear in court for a bail application to be heard on Monday.