14 Dec 2012

Fiji pro-democracy campaigner not surprised by alleged police monitoring

2:35 pm on 14 December 2012

One of the pro-democracy campaigners listed in a surveillance document that is alleged to have come from the Fiji police, says he's not surprised but says the information is mundane.

The document posted to the blog site Coupfourpointfive, lists critics of the regime such as Mahendra Chaudhry.

The assistant commissioner of police, Rusiate Tudravu, says he's not aware of the document but says his staff will check out the report.

It includes comments about where people have travelled, who they've met, and in most cases states that close monitoring of the person continues.

The head of the Citizens Constitutional Forum Fiji, Reverend Aquila Yabaki, says he's not surprised his name appears in the document, but says most of the information is public knowledge anyway.

"I do expect to be monitored because of the work that I do and the comments made about my movement is quite correct. It's not up to date but it does indicate an attitude to members of the public"

Aquila Yabaki from the Citizens Constitutional Forum.