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‘Guardian’ Role my Foot!

March 1, 2010

One of the myths Bainimarama’s military perpetrates to the mostly naive people of Fiji is the regime’s so called ‘guardian’ role to the state. In fact there has been reference made in justifying the Bainimarama 2006 coup by Colonels Aziz Mohamed and Qiliho with Turkey’s military role as the guardian of that modern secular state. What a whole lot of Hogwash? For starters, The Fiji Military Forces have never engaged in any war of independence or liberation of the state as did the Turkish nation’s founder Kemal Ataturk and his army to warrant this ‘guardian’ title.

If anything the Fiji Military was always an agent of colonial suppression post cession for both indigenous tribes and indentured cane farmers – the two major ethnic groups alike.
Ataturk’s commitment to the principle of civilian supremacy over the military was total. He did not lead a coup de tat to take over power from the civilian leaders as did Bainimarama. He resigned from both his post and his commission and then jumped into the maelstrom of Turkish politics unlike Bainimarama. Kemal consistently advocated the principle of civilian supremacy from his early career in the military profession unlike Bainimarama who was publically advocating military takeover amongst his officers since 28th May 2000. Ataturk argued with the young Turks against direct Army participation in Politics unlike Bainimarama who advocated just the opposite fueling a coup culture. Stop fooling yourselves and give us our Democracy Frank. Last weeks anti-coup arrests and charging of over 40 high ranking Turkish military officers for coup plotting should be a good lesson for you all. Democracy Now!

Kai Colo

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  1. EnufDictatorship permalink
    March 1, 2010 8:21 PM

    Totally true Kai Colo.

    Voreqe thinks we’re as ignorant as him to believe that his take on the Turkish democratic model as championed by Ataturk and the Independent fighters back then can be reproduced in Fiji.

    What he also fails to see that the Turkish democracy and its secular status as championed by Ataturk always has the threat of being bamboozled by the Islamic fundamentalists, which is the struggle in Turkey now. The current AKP ruling party is meant to have the majority of the Islamic support and that has been the “fear” of the military and those who support democracy in Turkey. But of course, the people of Turkey have also had enough of coups in their homeland and would choose democracy over any kind of coups – military or Islamic in nature.
    Turkish views on ‘coup’ charges

  2. ofa permalink
    March 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    Frank and his goons are the guardians of their own selfish interests. Nothing more, nothing less. It is unbelievable, however, that so many gullible Fijians still believe in the crap that Cassava Frank and his propaganda machine feed them.

  3. March 2, 2010 2:02 PM

    A guardian is one who guides one to follow the right path so that he/she may achive a good life here on earth so as to attain life everlasting in the next.
    The guardian we see in Crank and his cronies leads us to distruction physically and metally.
    The military has been a guardian of misfortune for Fiji right from the very first coup and it has gone from bad to worst.
    They should be disbanded altogether because they are now a liability then an asset to the economy of the country.

  4. ofa permalink
    March 3, 2010 9:54 AM

    In 2014 or maybe a couple of years later we will see an innovative form of democracy emerge in Fiji. It will be enter the history books as ‘Banimocracy’. Its main features are first an election where only members of the RFMF qualify as candidates. Those RFMF officers who have aspirations for higher offices as ministers etc will have to compete with Cassava Frank in a Fijian specialty sport: Cassava patch sprinting. Second, the military council retains the right to tell everyone what to do or not to do. Civil society institutions, churches, parties, NGO’s etc will be disbanded and replaced by RFMF platoons. Third, free speech will be allowed as long as it praises Cassava Frank and his bum boy Aiarse. Last but not least, the country will be moved forward through the collective intelligence and competence of the RFMF. Although Banimocracy will not be adopted anywhere else in the world, Cassava Frank will believe until he draws his last breath that it is the best form of government anyone could wish for.

  5. nostradamus permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:21 AM

    What else do you expect frojm “shit for brains” Frank?
    When is his next garbled speech spewing forth what he thinks people want rather than what he plans to give them.
    Oh yes, and that self reliance thing is a bit troublesome. Get out your digging stick, we are going back in history to the most self reliant economy of all, the subsistence economy. No balance of payment or education or health care to worry about. Just good old fashioned get sick and die.

  6. Soko permalink
    March 3, 2010 6:12 PM

    There has just been a gross miscarriage of justice in this kangaroo court.

    It is indeed a very sad day for all concern.

  7. Sai permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:14 PM

    Get VB out of Fiji.

  8. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 4, 2010 1:11 AM

    What is paul madigan’s background ?

  9. senijiale permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:17 AM

    Inspiration from the Chilean experience… read on –

    Saying ‘NO’ to Pinochet’s dictatorship through non-violence

    By Roberta Bacic, 1 March 2010
    Subjects: * From War to Peace

    There were many approaches to resisting dictatorship in Chile that contributed to its demise. One of them owed much to Ghandi’s thinking about how to overcome powerlessness and fear

    About the author
    Roberta Bacic is a Chilean researcher in human rights and curator of Arpilleras and Quilts exhibitions, currently living in Northern Ireland.

    For the last few years I have been curating exhibitions of quilts and arpilleras (pronounced “ar-pee-air-ahs”) – three-dimensional Latin American appliqué textiles, originating in Chile – that depict the impact of political violence in everyday life. They also show how local people responded.

    Ending the dictatorship (1973 -1990) was the goal, and the struggle so many of us had in common. But groups and individuals who shared that aim relied on different approaches to bring it about.

    Non-violent action, armed struggle, international solidarity and pressure, loss of political support and credibility, economic crisis, persistent public protests by the victims of the dictatorship: these are just some of the strategies that contributed to our advance.

    These efforts, as they intermingled, grew more powerful making it possible to have a plebiscite that said NO to Pinochet’s dictatorship.

    The positive outcome, a shift into a transitional democracy, was achieved after 17 years of extremely difficult, unsettling and violent times full of acknowledged systematic violations of human rights.

    As I work with these arpilleras, I often think about these strategies and my own choices living under dictatorship.

    In this brief piece feeding into the debate that Diana Francis has opened, I want to share the experience of my former life in Chile. I acknowledge that the other forms of struggle that took place at the same time had an impact as well as my chosen course.

    But I want to concentrate on the path I took. In the very act of choosing what to do, some of us wondered: “Could Gandhi’s insights about the power of non-violence inform our struggle against the dictatorship?”

    Non-violence refers to a philosophy and strategy of conflict resolution, a means of fighting injustice and – in a broader sense – a way of life, developed and employed by Gandhi and his followers all around the world.

    Non-violence, by this definition, is action that does not commit or allow injustice.

    To mark International Day of Non-violence, the Irish School of Ecumenics and INNATE sponsored a public meeting in Belfast on 1 October 2009. One of the speakers was Tony Kempster, long an activist in the peace movement. He said:

    “Gandhi was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social and economic fronts. His life and thought have had an enormous effect both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century.

    He was an inspiration for the leaders of many peoples’ struggles during the 20th century and here I ask how relevant his heritage is to the world of the 21st century, facing a perfect storm of threats, many exacerbated by the actions of western nations?

    The two oldest questions in politics – ones with which he must have wrestled often – are still relevant today: to whom do we owe obligations and with whom do we feel solidarity.”

    These thoughts resonate with the issues we faced in Chile. When trying to answer those questions I would say that I have always identified with ordinary people and felt a deep obligation to act in the face of injustice.

    Crying out the truth

    A group of us decided to try to inspire others to speak up against the dictatorship by “crying out the truth”. Not to do this, while those we loved were killed, tortured, and disappeared, had become unendurable.

    Clandestine pamphlets and leaflets were printed. Slogans denouncing human rights violations were painted on walls at night at great risk to personal safety. Underlying these actions was the principle of active non-violence.

    The first requirement to fight injustice is to report it; otherwise we are accomplices.

    These clandestine actions helped spread the principle: tell the truth and act on it.

    Yet, despite the risks, we needed to move beyond clandestine protests: we needed to move into the public arena, stand up and be counted.

    The State of Emergency provisions decreed by the junta were designed to terrorize the population.

    Our actions needed to openly defy them. We needed to break through our own sense of powerlessness, isolation, and fear.

    Many of us did so and paid the consequences of forced unemployment, bullying and even torture.

    José Aldunate, a Jesuit priest who became the leader of the Sebastian Acevedo Movement Against Torture in Chile, says in his memoirs:

    “A comrade came to us with evidence (of torture). We educated ourselves about torture and about the dynamics of non-violence. We watched a film on Mahatma Gandhi. I was more motivated [to protest against] poverty, but I responded to the discipline of the group. We deliberated and decided to undertake a non-violent demonstration to denounce torture… to break the barriers of silence and suppression with regards to torture. We had an obligation to denounce it in public. We needed to awaken the population’s conscience.”

    On September 14, 1983, ten years after the regime took power, the anti-torture movement was born in an action in front of the headquarters of the National Investigation Center, 1470 Borgoño St., in Santiago.

    Around 70 people interrupted traffic, unfurling a banner which read “Torturing Done Here”. They shouted their protest and sang a hymn to liberty. The group returned to this scene to denounce the regime’s crimes against humanity at least once a month until 1990. The arpillera that accompanies this article shows one such protest.

    We did not realise at the time that these actions, amongst others, would put Pinochet under pressure to sign the international Convention Against Torture in 1984, which in turn would lead to his detention in England in 1999 while awaiting the result of the request for his extradition to Spain.

    I started by mentioning arpilleras. I will finish by showing one to you that was made in around 1985 that depicts exactly what I have described. It portrays an action by a group of women in front of a prison in Chile. They are holding a banner that reads: “Freedom to the Political Prisoners”.

    Arpillera, courtesy of Courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn, Germany
    Arpillera, courtesy of Courtesy of Kinderhilfe Chile-Bonn, Germany. Photo by Martin Melaugh

    Almost thirty years later, these memories still determine my being, and they make it possible for me to share these experiences. Curating the arpillera exhibitions is one means by which I do this.


  10. March 4, 2010 3:58 PM

    The eight people accused of conspiring to assassinate Bainimarama have been found GUILTY and are awaiting sentence by the High Court. Yet the two fugitives, Jone Baleidrokadroka and Bhalu Khan are still on the run, wherebouts unknown. JUSTICE DELAY is JUSTICE DENIED. Cheers.

  11. Anon permalink
    March 4, 2010 5:30 PM

    Jeke Ceke that is what you want us to believe “people conspiring to assassinate Bainimarama.” It is another of your terrorizing tactics.

    I was in Suva a couple of weeks ago and saw Frank the Crank walking in front of Narsey’s building carrying a little girl and calling out in an uncouth manner to his fat ugly wife to hurry up and buy whatever she was looking at.

    If we thought that by assassinating Franky Boy we would change the mentality of the likes of you he would be dead in a heart beat.

    Read my lips; “No one with an ounce of sense would want to assassinate a no brainer coward who can’t do without suckers like yourself and the other goons.”

    Poor Jeke Ceke getting paid to blog on the good people’s blog!

  12. Bring Bhani's Reign to a Quick End permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:43 AM

    I have never blogged before, but after some reflection have decided I cannot overcome my strong need to share my feelings among those who I believe to be like-minded on the need for Fiji’s immediate return to democracy.

    I got back from a visit last week. It was my first visit in almost four years and I can only say that I have been left numb by the experience. I have seen (and heard) for myself more than enough to understand very fully that the Bainimarama experiment has taken our country from the frying pan into the fire. It is nothing short of a complete disaster.

    The one thing that’s clear to me is that for the good of everyone the Frank Bainimarama dictatorship must be brought to an end as soon as is humanly possible. Otherwise, the damage to the economy and the society will be even more horrendous. I honestly believe that no matter what or who succeeds Bainimarama, it could take generations to repair, not years.

    I also believe that the bringing down of the Bainimarama dictatorship must be accomplished legally and without violence. So if anyone who shares this belief is reasing this, I would like to hear their thoughts on how one goes about this.

    For my own part, I have a few rough ideas which I intend to develop more fully then share with other bloggers.

  13. March 5, 2010 2:27 PM


    Dude, the assisination attempt was proven in a court of law, not based on hypotheticals or imaginary circumstances like you and the rest the bloggers on this site feed on what the authors, Kai Colo and Co would like whose to believe. Secondly, the vernom and gutless comments post here with the intention to create political anarchy and retribution against the interium government only makes you a hypocrite. It is balantly obvious that people like you, are so adamant to see the end of Bainimarama and those who want political change in Fiji. Well, I happen to support political reform in Fiji, and irrespective of who is in charge of such reform, I am 100% for it. By the way, I do not receive any form of financial incentives to highlight my personal opinion, I’m just merely excercising my freedom of speech. Sa dri yani.

  14. Anon permalink
    March 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat you didn’t read my lips! If we wanted a useless Cassava Patch Sprinter dead he would have been dead ages ago.

    He is useless to us now so why do we want him dead? We prefer to see him suffer in Naboro Prison than pushing up cassava plants.

    “Assisination attempt was proven in a court of law my arse!” What fricken court of law? We all know there is NO LAW IN FIJI ONLY FRANK THE CRANK’S LAW! Go and study Dictatorship you might learn more about a supressed society.

    Jeke Ceke we know that you are one of Frank’s little bocis so Go And Suck On Your Hero’s Peewee Nuts!

  15. March 5, 2010 4:12 PM

    Boka a Jack

  16. March 5, 2010 5:16 PM

    @Anon and fellow blockheads of anti-change for political reform in Fiji

    Wow Buddy time out and digest this for a moment. Last weekend, I went and watch the movie “Shutter Island” at the local cinema and I strongly recommeded that you and your fellow comrades might take the time to watch it too. The film is based on the lead character, Teddy Daniels a U.S marshal, who along with his partner Chuck Aule are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to invetigate the mysterious disapperance of a murderes from the island fortress-like Ashecliffe hospital for the criminally insane patients. On the island, the marshals meet Ashecliffe’s head man, Dr Cawley, played by Ben Kingsley with just the right blend of wry wit and menace. To Dr Cawley, everyone is a potential patient. The lead actor, Daniels played by Leonardo DiCaprio is so convincing and compelling that it captivated the audience attention sense of empathy towards his plight for the truth and justice. It puts the audience in Daniels position, caught between reality and hallucination. Even the good Dr Cawley and Chuck (Daniels partner) were so convincing and accomodating that Daniels really believe that his story was a reality and not based on imagination or fiction. At one point, Daniels even visit the island Tower which according to his twisted mind is where Dr Cawley surgically operates on the mentally insane in order to discover the real diognosis of brain-mulfuction. However, sadly to say, Daniels was in fact the real patient and that his endenvour to twist imagination into reality was shattered. The synopsis of this film is so similar to this particular blog site, where the author Kai Colo playing the role of Dr Cawley with his wit and cunning mesmerizing mind bender articles just to accomodate his delusional and insecure followers. The bloggers feed on such unsubstantiated claims about the political and social realities back home with bitterness and envy with the conviction that all is true. Yet in the end, dreams and hopes will be shattered if you based you thinking on assumption and wild imagination instead of the truth. In the movie, while I saw the mentally insane wandering around armlessly around the hospital yard, I could picture you Anon and your fellow nutwits following the same routine at St Giles hospital, after the 2014 general election. But wait, there’s hope for redemption, because where theres life, there is hope. Sa Dri Yani Sese.

  17. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    March 5, 2010 7:25 PM

    Jackass, the green goon, is at it again.

    Its pathetic attempts to defend the injustice system in Fiji is laughable.

    Let’s look at the facts of the matter:-

    * the judge was appointed illegally by an illegal president

    * the illegal judge depends on staying in his position by ruling in favour of the military dictatorship – he is cognizant of what happened to the 3 members of the illegal judiciary who ruled against the jaundiced junta last year

    * the so-called ‘assessors’ were appointed to the position by a green goon – they were selected in secret and the defense lawyers had no opportunity to question them on their impartiality

    * 3 of the assessors were green goons with the specific task of finding the accused guilty

    * from international news reports on the case, we are told that the so-called ‘assessors’ were disinterested in listening to the defense evidence – in fact, they switched off

    * the illegal and now, incompetent, judge made so many errors that one has to wonder about his fitness to sit on a bench – of course he was one of the few who were low enough to sell their sole to a dictator – qualifications didn’t really matter

    * this was not a court of law – it was sham from start to finish

    jackass, you must have gone to sleep during your movie.

    When you say that, ” I saw the mentally insane wandering around armlessly around the hospital yard” it was a dream and you really were seeing bananasinpyjamas and his jaundiced junta walking aimlessly around Suva.

    Only a real jackass could watch Fiji go backwards so much and yet still type the rubbish that you are told to type.

  18. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    March 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    Hey jackass, when yuo say that you saw the, “mentally insane wandering around armlessly” , last time I looked, bananasinpyjamas had 2 arms.

    Didn’t you mean to describe the jaundiced junta as the, “mentally insane wandering around hopelessly”.

  19. Anon permalink
    March 6, 2010 12:56 AM

    Jack, I’ll speak to you like an adult with common sense. To go and watch a ridiculous movie to change our way of thinking when it is as simple as black and white is never goning to happen.

    It is a matter of doing what is right and that is not couping to gain power for any political change when any neccessary change can and should be done through a consensus.

    So fuck you and your heroes, you can preach until the cows come home and we are not going to change our minds. The law is put into place for all our protection and if you are still unsure once the law is broken it becames a criminal act. Frank and his bocis are criminals!

  20. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    March 6, 2010 10:06 AM

    The green goons should read this article; they might learn something about the injustice in Fiji.

    “”””From the ABC

    “”VJ Narayan, the news director for Legend FM in Suva, was in court for the sentence and is one of the few Fijian journalists who is prepared to talk to international media.

    “Men convicted of conspiring to murder Commodore Frank Bainimarama have all been handed down prison sentences by High Court judge, Justice Paul Madigan, this afternoon,” he said.

    The men were charged over a 2007 plot to assassinate Commodore Bainimarama. The self-appointed prime minister seized power in December 2006 in a military coup.

    During his summing up, the judge found that a ninth man, Ballu Khan, was behind the plot to assassinate the Commodore – that is despite his case not going ahead after he won a stay of proceedings.

    “There are a number of times Ballu Khan’s… name came up in the course of the trial when evidence was presented in court and also when the verdict was read out,” Mr Narayan said.

    “The judge said he found the eight men guilty of conspiring with Ballu Khan to murder Commodore Bainimarama.”

    But Khan says he and the men are innocent.

    “The fact that they’ve been sentenced is tragic for a crime they never committed,” he said.

    “We know this crime was committed by the military. The criminality belongs to the military, not to these people.

    “None of them should be going to jail. They should have never been tried in the first place.

    “This is a very sad day, another sad day in the chapter of Fiji’s recent history.”

    Veteran Pacific journalist Michael Field says the details of the assassination attempt were never revealed to the court.

    The Fairfax journalist was expelled from Fiji 18 months ago but still monitors the country closely.

    “The evidence that was actually offered in court was based on hearsay evidence from two rather low-ranking operatives in the military intelligence service – a corporal and a major – who described going to these various meetings that were said to have occurred,” he said.

    “Somewhat more astonishing, in court they admitted that at no point had the now convicted plotters actually said that they wanted to assassinate Bainimarama but they had responded to these suggestions from the military spies that they assassinate Bainimarama.

    “So this thing overall looks remarkably suspect.”

    Mr Field says the political situation in Fiji is unstable.

    “Basically what’s happening is that we have the military seemingly driving the whole agenda in the country and full of this sort of paranoia,” he said.

    “We have to remember that even today Fiji operates under a state of emergency. There’s severe censorship, there’s a ban on gatherings and the suggestion that there was a plot to assassinate Bainimarama is just justification for this suffocating military overlord rule of Fiji that goes on.”

    It is not yet known whether the men will appeal.

    A spokesperson from the Fiji government was not prepared to comment to the ABC.

  21. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 6, 2010 11:34 AM

    Silence, this man commands a Cwak Legion :-

  22. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 6, 2010 11:37 AM

    Thwow him to the floor please :-

  23. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 6, 2010 11:38 AM

    Always look on th ebright side of life :-

  24. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 6, 2010 12:32 PM

    Who is Paul Madigan, was his original appointment as Judge ever legal ?

  25. buinivai permalink
    March 6, 2010 9:43 PM

    Voreqe, luve ni magaichinamu…. kawa ca..
    … nomu sona ena lau vutu ena gauna o sa na curu mai kina i Naboro…practise rawa tiko mai na keba… o na mai noqu girlfriend…

  26. March 7, 2010 12:04 AM

    Vinaka Buinivai Vossa Dina taucoko qori

  27. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:45 AM

    Speaking of movies, I look forward to the 2 documentaries that will feature quite prominently in tomorrow’s Oscars – both of which are deeply moving & compelling as they show the world the plight of a people, their tragic circumstances, against the backdrop of a dictatorship – their lives essentially in the hands & mercy of the unaccountable…

    1. “VJ Burma”…

    “Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, the acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage.

    Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country.

    Armed with small handycams the Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media.

    The whole world has witnessed single event clips made by the VJs, but for the very first time, their individual images have been carefully put together and at once, they tell a much bigger story.

    The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching.

    ”Joshua”, age 27, is one of the young video journalists, who works undercover to counter the propaganda of the military regime. Joshua is suddenly thrown into the role as tactical leader of his group of reporters, when the monks lead a massive but peaceful uprising against the military regime.

    After decades of oblivion – Burma returns to the world stage, but at the same time foreign TV crews are banned from entering the country, so it is left to Joshua and his crew to document the events and establish a lifeline to the surrounding world. It is their footage that keeps the revolution alive on TV screens all over.

    Amidst marching monks, brutal police agents, and shooting military the reporters embark on their dangerous mission, working around the clock to keep the world informed of events inside the closed country.

    Their compulsive instinct to shoot what they witness, rather than any deliberate heroism, turns their lives into that of freedom fighters.

    The regime quickly understands the power of the camera and the reporters are constantly chased by government intelligence agents who look at the ”media saboteurs” as the biggest prey they can get.

    During the turbulent days of September, Joshua finds himself on an emotional rollercoaster between hope and despair, as he frantically tries to keep track of his reporters in the streets while the great uprising unfolds and comes to its tragic end.

    With Joshua as the psychological lens, the Burmese condition is made tangible to a global audience so we can understand it, feel it, and smell it”.

    2. China’s Unnatural Disaster – “Tears of Sichuan Province” ….

    “Turns a distant tragedy into something that can move viewers half a world away – though what it moves them to is likely to be anger and frustration.

    A little less than a year ago, Sichuan was hammered by an earthquake that killed 70,000 people, including 10,000 children. That’s 23 times the number of people killed at the World Trade Center.

    Turns out, however, that a lot of people in Sichuan Province blame the deaths of so many children less on the forces of nature than criminal negligence by their own public officials.

    Multistory school buildings crumbled, enraged parents say, while almost all nearby offices and other buildings withstood the same tremors.

    Proving, they charge, that the schools were built with shoddy materials, thanks to hidden deals between money-hungry contractors and corrupt officials who looked the other way.

    Sifting through the rubble of the schools, parents show how the concrete was “cut” with straw and branches. They show mortar blowing away like powder.

    So they protest. They march. They file formal complaints and try to file suit. They are told there is nothing to be done and no one to be held accountable.

    As this frustration unfolds we also see scenes around the collapse sites that conjure dark memories of 9/11, walls covered with pictures of the missing.

    Since China has a strict one-child policy, this documentary notes, parents who lose a child lose their whole family. But even though they know a major part of the reason why, they have no recourse”.

  28. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    Excerpts from the court judgment against the above-named convicted MURDERERS of the late Sakiusa Rabaka –

    “… By your conduct you denied the deceased and the complainants the
    due process of law that you enjoyed in this trial.

    The deceased and the complainants were not given an opportunity to be
    heard and to defend themselves. You punished them without a finding of

    They were subjected to degrading and inhumane treatment as a form of

    They were made to strip and do military type physical exercises. During
    the exercises they were continuously kicked, punched and hit.

    The deceased and the complainants were injured. One complainant had
    a cut to his eyebrow while the others complained of severe body aches.

    After the deceased was released from custody, he suffered from severe head aches and vomiting. His body was bruised. He started having fits.

    According to medical evidence, the deceased had an increased pressure
    in the brain as a result of fluid such as blood occupying the space in the brain. A CT scan revealed that the deceased was slightly bleeding between the two hemispheres of the brain. Albeit the deceased was conscious and alert in the hospital, his symptoms increased.

    Headaches, vomiting and fits increased. A substantial amount of blood was drained out from the brain after a surgery.

    Subsequently, the victim died due to extensive blood clots inside and the outside surface of the brain. The medical evidence was that the injury was more likely to have been caused by forceful blunt trauma to the head…..”

  29. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:49 PM

    Moderator – only post the last post pls.

  30. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:50 PM

    Btw, the 9 military men who killed Sakiusa Rabaka were each liable to “life imprisonment” sentences, for their manslaughter convictions YET given their lenient sentences, I’d say they literally got away with murder.

  31. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:52 PM

    OK got that thru, SWM. Vinaka.

  32. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:41 PM

    Apart from a little levity, my point of the above videos is that Christ was Crucified, despite being innocent of any crime.
    He was set up by the Military of the day and the people were encouraged to shout for his wrongful conviction and subsequent crucifixion.
    I see the similarity in the trial and conviction of these eight men.

  33. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 4:44 PM

    AMEN to that lastpolarbear! (not that I’m religious).

    Everyone now sees the military brass and their advisors as the source of evil in Fiji (the institution has either initiated or lent support to treasonous deeds since independence).

    As I see it, should the military junta put this issue to a “free and independently monitored vote” next week, I have no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming majority, save for the usual suspects, would want to see an IMMEDIATE END to the military junta; a return to an interim civilian administration whilst national elections are organised ASAP, and after elections, a gradual disbandment of the RFMF (given the livelihoods of the rank and file at stake).

    Let the people be “legitimately forced” to iron out whatever differences they might have “within a democratic and legitimate framework” without having to resort to guns, military thugs and sheer brutal force to get their own selfish ways… which of course is what LOSERS resort to! What a crying shame.

    And these LOSERS you’ll find, won’t even show their faces around in town but will drive around in heavily tinted vehicles from one short block to the next. Shame! Shame! Shame!

  34. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 7, 2010 5:17 PM

    there are a couple of issues that need to be sorted out in order to avoid further coups.
    1/ people should be educated about just what a democracy is.
    2/ people who speak of sedition, should be arrested and dealt with immediately through the Courts.
    3/ maybe the RFMF should be downsized to 500 as planned by the Qarase Government.
    4/ a tactical response group should be established to deal with matters of National Security in Fiji.
    5/ a coast guard should be established, in line with the recommendations of the Qarase government./ those guilty of Treason, should spend lengthy jail sentences to deter others.
    6/ a special investigation unit should be established to ensure internal security and to counter threats against the State etc.
    7/ people in fiji should learn to extract themselves from cultural allegiances which have the potential to course a conflict of interests etc.

  35. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 5:50 PM

    And lest we forget…

    The late Mr. Nimilote Verebasaga, a father and husband, who died as a result of multiple assault wounds inflicted on his person – at the hands and in the custody of MAIKA VUNIWAWA, an RFMF army officer.

    Vuniwawa was finally convicted of MANSLAUGHTER and rcvd a sentence of 3 years imprisonment – for the assault and taking of a human life!

    … State v Vuniwawa [2009] FJHC 101; HAC170.2007S (7 April 2009)..

  36. senijiale permalink
    March 7, 2010 5:57 PM

    @ lastpolarbear…

    In short, we need an independent organisation/body/tribunal acceptable to the majority to take charge of a real and thorough clean-up of our sorry state of affairs, or Fiji and its people will never find the peace and closure that had eluded them the last 2 decades.

  37. lastpolarbear permalink
    March 7, 2010 11:25 PM

    I’m sure that fiji has enough honourable people in fiji to deal with the current crisis.
    Mr. Qarase as stood his ground, the previous Vice President jone, is Intellectual and an honest man and there are many women who have proved their worth as well.
    I think this time, the Fiji youth need to be taken into consideration.

  38. March 8, 2010 9:09 AM

    I read the Fijisun with the heading Respect case ruling and I feel a sense of remorse for the people of Fiji. When you look at the rulling of the case when crank was told to return to baracks, what transpired after that is history.
    He sets up his legal system to protect his interest and the outcome is what we see in the ruling on Firday.
    What respect is Crank morting about when he and his cronies did not respect the decision to return to baracks.
    The people are not blind and stupid as you are and I hope that the people in Fiji today will stand up and tell this ilegal regime that its enough of this havoc.
    The ruling by the ilegal justice system has always benifited those who backed Crank and his cronies.
    The question to be asked is the system in place a truely democratic system where every person can practice his democratic right?.
    I dont think so and What are the chiefs, church and the people, doing about it.
    Enough is enough, don’t sit on your laurels and think your democratic right will be served to you on a plate.
    Its got to be earned and that is your responsiblity to fight for it, which ever path you take its got to be done today not tommorrow because tommorrow will never come.
    God bless Fiji in this session of lent and I pray that everybody will pray and fast for a UNITED FIJI who will stand for DEMORCACY and PEACE.

  39. Wilson Tamanikaira permalink
    March 9, 2010 12:26 PM

    Voreqe’s statement is childish and immature, of which lends absolutely zero credibility to his already corrupt regime.I say this because the only guardian role the military junta is carrying out since 2006 has been to safeguard their own criminal interests.

    The list of selfish crimes being safeguarded range from
    1. illegal removal of Ratu Mara
    2. Murders of the CRW soldiers
    3. Illegally taking over the 2006 elected government
    4.Murdering and torturing citizens since then
    5.Illegal removing PS workers and taking their jobs
    6.Illegallly removing the Constitution and Judiciary then setting up their own bush court.
    7.Illegal releasing of military Rabaka muderers from jail.
    Illegal releasing of his Kean brother in law from jail for murder and then the audacity to place him back to commander of the Navy.
    7.Giving themselves unearned ranks and matching exhorbitant salaries such as Lt Pita Driti to Brigadier and Drum Sgt Leweni to Major to illegal wannabe foriegn mission diplomat.

    Voreqe’s growing list of self interests flies in the face that he is safeguarding the interest of the Fijian people and the nation. The abovementioned crimes exposes criminal corruption of the highest order.

    Its about time these silly little immature boys in green quit bullying decent citizens and stealing their hard earned tax revenues and moreover stop believing in their own propanganda nonsense .

  40. April 15, 2010 5:03 AM

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