11 Feb 2014

Leaked 2006 Fiji letter points to Bainimarama police probe

2:55 pm on 11 February 2014

The Fijileaks website has published a confidential letter from the ousted home minister, Josefa Vosanibola, to the then foreign minister days before they were overthrown in the 2006 coup.

In the letter, Mr Vosanibola requested that the foreign minister, Kaliopate Tavola, ask foreign embassies to deny the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, entry into their respective countries while a police investigation was carried out.

Mr Vosanibola says Commodore Bainimarama failed to attend a police interview on November the 22nd in 2006 because he was travelling to New Zealand that day.

The letter says the police were preparing criminal charges against Commodore Bainimarma relating to the murder of officers at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva during the mutiny in 2000.

He was also reportedly under investigation for what Mr Vosanibola called seditious statements from the military commander between 2004 and 2006.

Commodore Bainimarma took over the country in a coup a few days later.