18 Jul 2012

NZ police probe alleged plot to kill Fiji military leader

6:18 pm on 18 July 2012

New Zealand police have reportedly seized a computer and a cellphone of an Auckland-based Fiji resident, claiming they were probing an alleged plot to assassinate Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

TV3 says the police raids were carried out yesterday and targetted a former Fiji minister, Rajesh Singh.

The report says the alleged plot involved a fugitive former senior Fiji military officer, Ratu Tevita Mara, who now lives in Tonga.

There have been no arrests.

The New Zealand government has declined comment.

Commodore Bainimarama survived an assassination attempt 12 years ago during a mutiny in Suva.