***Constitutional Offices Commission (FFP President Konrote) rubber stamps Qiliho, Kean and Naupoto's appointments
"On Saturday the 30th of December, 2006 Mr. Samuel Whippy married Ms. Ateca Bainimarama at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva. The wedding reception was held at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. John Whippy a relative of the groom attended the reception. Francis Bulewa Kean, Commander of the Fiji Naval Forces and uncle to the bride joined the celebration. During the course of the evening several fights broke out between guests. The deceased was involved in some of those fights. He was drunk. At about 2.00am John Whippy left the Yacht Club with Peter and Samuel Whippy. They talked. The groom bade them farewell. Peter went to get a taxi to take both him and John home. When the taxi pulled up Peter sat in the back seat and he told John Whippy to get into the car. As John Whippy was assisted to the taxi he was in an ugly drunken mood. I accept he used vulgar language that provoked Mr. Kean into firmly telling him to mind his language and go home. In his drunkenness the deceased ignored this direction and kept up his belligerent tirade. Francis Kean then left the Suva Yacht Club and ran towards Mr. John Whippy yelling in Fijian, "Stop that taxi." The accused then came up to John Whippy and punched him three times in the face. John Whippy first hit his head against the taxi light then fell heavily to the ground on his back. While he was lying on the ground Francis Kean kicked him on the chest. The accused was dragged away by an unidentified woman but returned to kick John Whippy’s head. Asaeli Duvusole intervened and grabbed the accused warning him to do no more harm. John Whippy lay unmoving by the side of the taxi. A Corporal of the Fiji Military Forces checked his pulse he could find none. John Whippy was lifted into the taxi and quickly taken to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. Doctor Ashika Lata Sen saw John at 1.46am. He did not have either a pulse or cardiac rhythm and he was not breathing. Despite her best efforts to resuscitate him John Whippy did not revive. He was pronounced dead at 2.20am on 31st December 2006. Mr. Kean, John Whippy’s life was precious and its value should not be underestimated. There must be exceptional circumstances before the court can suspend a term of imprisonment. I have searched for those circumstances in your case but can find none. An immediate prison sentence must be imposed. You are sentenced to
eighteen (18) months in jail."
Friday 26th October, 2007
ANOTHER TRUTH FOR FIJI: WHERE ARE THE FIJIAN NAVY SHIPS?
In addition, the navy was again used to commit Bainimarama's second coup in 2000, when on a navy ship, he overthrew the Commander in Chief of the Fiji Military and the then President, Ratu Sir KKT Mara. After Speight and his group were arrested some were tortured on board a Fiji navy ship as they were being transported to Nukulau island where they were to be incarcerated.
The Fiji navy, in an act that can only be described as childish and stupid, destroyed navigation beacons at Minerva Reef. The beacons had been installed to guide ships and yachts to safety. Then the Fiji navy boats, like their Commander Bainimarama, ran like frighten girls when confronted by the Tongan Navy at Minerva Reef, approximately 1500 kilometers north of Auckland. But when the nation needs them in times of a natural disaster, like the recent cyclone Winston, the navy ships are nowhere to be seen. Unable to leave their cots as they have no fuel?! So whats the use of having a navy in Fiji?
Being in charge of war machines carries an enormous responsibility and the Fiji navy, under Bainimarama's dictatorship, has shown that it is incapable of such responsibility. It has become part of Bainimarama's personal army of thugs who carry out his intimidation and torture of Fijian citizens. Therefore, any idea of replacing the Fiji navy's 20 year old Australian patrol boats and an even older Israeli boat comes at a high risk. Bainimarama has proven that the boats can easily be used against Tonga to reassert itself over Minerva Reef or to carryout torture and beatings of Fijian citizens.
They could also be seen as a direct insult to democracy, especially when Fiji's 2014 elections were clearly rigged, and being given new boats would only heighten Bainimarama's claim of legitimacy. This would only encourage Bainimarama in his corrupt dictatorship and oppression of Fijians. - TruthforFiji