29 Nov 2013

No investigation of Fiji army chief despite Driti claims

9:09 am on 29 November 2013

The Fiji Military Forces chief of staff, Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz, will not be investigated by the police over allegations levelled against him during the Pita Driti trial.

Driti, who was a Land Force commander, faces up to 15 years in jail after being found guilty this week of inciting mutiny.

According to Fiji media, Driti claimed he was set up by Brigadier General Aziz, who allegedly was involved a plot to exile the regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, when he was in Sudan.

The acting police commissioner, Rusiate Tudravu, has told Legend FM News Brigadier General Aziz was interviewed by police when Driti was taken in for questioning but they found no proof of the allegations.

Fiji Village reports that Brigadier General Aziz is currently accompanying the defence minister, Joketani Cokanasiga, on an official visit to China.

Driti remains in custody until the 10th of next month for mitigation and sentencing.