25 Oct 2010

Two of Fiji's most senior military men placed on extended leave

7:49 am on 25 October 2010

Two senior military officers in Fiji are taking extended leave, but the government in Suva is dismissing reports they have been suspended.

Radio Fiji reports the officers taking long holidays are Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti and Lieutenant Colonel Roko Tevita Uluilakeba Mara.

It quotes the Prime Minister as saying the two have been told to take holiday as they have accumulated substantial amount of leave over the years.

Late last year, there were moves to send General Driti to head Fiji's contingent of troops working for the UN in Iraq, but he was rejected for the position with the UN citing allegations of human rights abuses.