Briefinfg Paper - CRW Murder Investigation conclusions to former Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes; Bainimarama and other officers were facing murder charges so what did they do - carried out 2006 coup! With blood on their hands, and guns at their disposal, they are ruling Fiji through ballot box after rigging election results in the 2014 election!
"I pass on this opinion piece as a reminder of the inequalities and unfair standards applied to the families and victims of the 2000 Mutiny because they were members of the CRW Unit. This is not on behalf of any political party but as a citizen of Fiji who is concerned."
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces this morning held a memorial service for loyalist soldiers who died in the attempted mutiny of November 2nd, 2000.
They were Private Temo Veilewai, Private Osea Rokosinavosa and Private Simione Rawaileba.
In attendance were Prime Minister and the then military commander Voreqe Bainimarama and current Acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto.
After an intense highly published process, on November 15, 2000, a court martial in Fiji found 15 soldiers, including an army captain, guilty of involvement in a mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in November 2000. The three soldiers who were remembered today deserve the highest of honors for standing their ground and defending the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.
I also want to take the time to remember the lives of the CRW Soldiers who also lost their lives in the power struggle that engulfed Fiji 2000. I especially hope that we as a nation can discuss what happened to CRW Men, especially those that were not part of the mutiny but ended up been beaten and dead.
One such story that should be told is that of, Salasitino Kalounivale. While awarding his widow $24,000 under the Workers Compensation Act against the Fiji Military Forces in April 2006, the then Resident Magistrate Ajmal Gulab Khan outlined the following undisputed basic facts. Kalounivale died on 3rd of November 2000 from injuries received to his body.
In Kalounivale hearing, the court was told that after he was picked up, Selesitino had a 30-minute meeting with Bainimarama and was then taken to the local police station on the Commander's orders. After 4pm that day Kalounivale was seen taken out of CPS along Pratt Street in an army van by 4-5 soldiers. He was on floor of the van and the bystanders (witness 1 and 2) could hear swearing,
hitting with rifle butts and kicking at the back of the tray. Around midnight on 2/11/000 he was taken to the mortuary at CWM Hospital.
Frank Bainimarama has repeatedly denied any responsibility for the deaths of Selesitano Kalounivale, Jone Davui, Epineri Bainimoli and Lagani Rokowaqa. "I never gave any orders to kill," he said in 2003. However, in the weeks before the coup Bainimarama was under increasing pressure over the murders. Police probes and court actions by victims' families and surviving soldiers could have seen him suspended, forced to give evidence about the killings, and potentially facing charges.
Among Bainimarama's increasingly peremptory demands to the Qarase government in 2006 was the shutting down of the police investigation into the CRW murders and the removal of Fiji's Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes. The day after the coup, Dec. 7, Bainimarama sacked Hughes. On the Dec. 8, his soldiers took in for questioning six former CRW soldiers, alleging that they could foment civil unrest.
Before the 2000 Coup, Bainimarama and the military had been fighting four separate legal actions. Three were lodged by former CRW soldiers who survived beatings in 2000. The fourth was a compensation claim by Ana Kalounivale, who successfully sued the Commander and the government for worker's compensation over her husband's death.
Now that we are purported to be in a Democracy under the so-called fairest of all constitutions, I wonder if the time is right to ask some pertinent questions of the Bainimarama regime:
1. What has happened to the cases of these CRW men?
2. Can they re-open the police files and start investigations into the supposed involvement of the Prime Minister in the orders to torture and murder members of his Military Forces?
3. Was self-preservation the reason for the 2000 Coup?
4. Can a Truth Peace and Reconciliation Commission be instituted to hear the experiences and concerns of torture victims and families and possible remedies sought as described in Section 5 of the Immunity Decree 2010.
Land force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says the RFMF will never forget the three soldiers who were shot at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks: “Every year since 2000 on November 2nd, we come together and remember our fallen comrades, our loyal soldiers, who fell as a result of greedy people which unfortunately had Chiefs and failed politicians who influenced the way things went on that fateful morning on November 2nd.”
From Fijileaks Archives:
Fijileaks: Aiyaz Khaiyum and Frank Bainimarama's CORRUPTION in Motion - Naupoto stands as FFP election candidate, gets 611 VOTES under D'Hondt Election System, and on losing returns to lead RFMF as acting commander, and now says he will apply for the JOB; oh, yeah, the JOB is waiting for him, for he has two choices - to lead RFMF or enter Parliament in case one of FFP MP drops dead or resigns. He will take the JOB to escape the Board of Inquiry recommendation that he be charged for ordering the violent beatings of George Speight and his associates on their way to Nukulau Island. WELCOME TO CORRUPT FIJI!