BEAUTY AND BEAST: The former Miss Idaho Teen USA queen Hosanna Kabakoro who complained of domestic violence is facing more serious charges (intent to cause grievous bodily harm) than her husband Meli Bainimarama Junior who faces common assault charge!
How many lectures have we had from the leader of Fiji First on domestic violence.? He even had Khaiyum churn out a decree for it – the Domestic Violence Decree 2009. From the start there has been a contradiction between the high sounding regime rhetoric and the practice. The regime kicked off (so to say) with cowardly attacks on women taken to QEB for speaking out against the coup. Now the truth of the Fiji Fist way is laid bare to see with arrest of the dictator’s son and heir on charges of domestic violence, but the most embarrassing part of this story is the fact that the wife who complained is facing more serious charges than the husband. We can thank the Fiji Times for this story, will they now be punished for this? They are reporting something the regime claims to be worried about, but let’s see if they are true to their rhetoric or their record.
Fiji Times, July 07, 2014 Charged
Fiji Times, July 07, 2014 Bainimarama granted bail
Fijileaks Editor: The two related stories have disappeared from the Fiji Times website after Pryde's "fatwa".
By MICHAEL FIELD
The son of Fiji's military strongman has been held in police custody over the weekend after being arrested for allegedly assaulting his new beauty queen wife.
As a soldier Meli Bainimarama helped his father Voreqe Bainimarama overthrow democratic government in 2006, but since then he has got off-side with his father.
In January he eloped with Miss Idaho Tean USA and now journalist Hosanna Kabakoro, 21, and they married against family wishes.
On Saturday police sources said Kabakoro fled to the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and was later taken to hospital. The centre says she is now at a "secret and safe location".
Meli Bainimarama was shortly after arrested and charged with four counts of domestic violence.
He counter-claimed against this, alleging that she had assaulted him.
Fijilive news website said both appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili this morning who bailed both of them on F$3000 (NZ$1899) bail with strict reporting clauses.
They will next appear to make pleas on August 11.
The Fiji Times reported that lawyers acting for Kabakoro said she suffered lacerations to her hands and bruises on her body.
When Bainimarama seized power in a military coup in December 2006, Meli was among the dozens of soldiers on the streets. He was on the front line trying to seize deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
Whether dad trusted him is open to question; he was given an M16 automatic - but without any bullets or magazines. The commodore's suspicions about his own soldiers had good grounds; in 2000 they tried to kill him.
In 2011 Meli set up Fijian Solutions Group International - one of the many mercenary companies involved in finding security work for ex- soldiers.
His wedding this year was exactly 12 years after Voreqe Bainimarama gave his daughter Ateca away in marriage.
At the reception at the Suva Yacht Club a guest, John Whippy, was said to have been drunk and insulting.
Bainimarama's brother-in-law, navy Commander Francis Kean, beat and punched him, killing him.
Initially charged with murder, it was dropped to manslaughter and Kean kept his rank and full military pay.
He eventually got 18 months jail but served less than a month. Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/10240573/Son-of-Fiji-strongman-Bainimarama-arrested