29 Jun 2011

Mara may be exempted from US ban on visits by Fiji military

1:27 pm on 29 June 2011

The United States government may exempt former Fiji military officer Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara from a ban on senior members of the Fiji military visiting the United States.

Colonel Mara who fled Fiji last month after being charged with sedition has been invited by pro-democracy groups to visit the United States as part of his campaign against Fiji's regime.

Colonel Mara has been on the United States' so called look-out list which targets senior military officers and facilitators of the 2006 coup.

A US State Department official says the government can't preadjudicate any visa application, but all the facts of Colonel Mara's case would be considered if he applies to visit.