10 Aug 2012

Fiji regime leader says police complaint against him is withdrawn

5:39 pm on 10 August 2012

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the police statement lodged against him in Lautoka last month has been withdrawn.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress leader, Felix Anthony, reported Commodore Bainimarama for making threats and military officers for assault which damaged his eardrum and forced him to get medical care.

When his complaint became public this week, the information ministry said the police had received no complaint against the regime leader.

After Mr Anthony re-stated that he filed a report, the ministry called on him to provide medical reports because police could not act on hearsay.

Mr Anthony says he has difficulty getting the doctor's reports released, but Commodore Bainimarama has now told Auckland-based Radio Tarana that wrong statements are being reported.

"He has withdrawn that statement. He keeps saying that the media keeps coming up with the wrong statement."

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.