Fiji’s PM hits back over detention

Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has defended the detention of six prominent Fijians over the weekend. National Federation Party (NFP) leader Biman Prasad, Sitiveni Rabuka – the leader of largest opposition party Sodelpa, Fiji Council of Trade Unions general secretary Attar Singh, academic and former politician Tupeni Baba, and Jone Dakuvula from the organization Pacific Dialogue were all detained by the police on Saturday, apparently over a public meeting held last week to discuss the constitution.

pm-fijiFiji Labour Party leader and former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, returned to Suva and handed himself in to police and was released from police custody also without charge. Mr Bainimarama said it was disappointing that elements of the international community, without any objectivity, had issued statements of concern about the detention and questioning of Fijians who had allegedly contravened the country’s laws.