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Son of Fiji’s coup leader in court for assaulting wife

July 18, 2014

Charged: Bainimarama and Kabakoro.
Frank Bainimarama’s army soldier son has appeared in court charged with assaulting his beauty queen wife.

It follows rumours over the weekend Meli Bainimarama had stabbed wife of less than year, Hosanna Kabakoro, during a domestic incident.

Bainimarama and Kabakoro appeared in court at the same time this morning – he on common assault and she on causing bodily harm.

The pair were bailed and made to pay $3000 sureties. Both have also been directed to live with relatives: he with Meleti Bainimarama and she with Bernadette Rounds Ganilau.

They are to reappear next month.

Father and son: both implicated in beatings of citizens.
Meli Bainimarama was earlier reported to have spent the night at Nabua Police Station while Kabakoro was taken in by the Fiji Womens Crisis Centre.

Kabakoro was kept in an ‘undisclosed location’, after laying a complaint on Saturday.

Her lawyer has been quoted as saying she suffered lacerations to her hand and bruises on her body.

It is not the first time a member of the Bainimarama family has made the news in recent months after a brush with the law.

In May, the nephew of the country’s self-appointed prime minister was charged with attempted homicide in the United States after trying to shoot at two police officers after a 19 minute car chase.

Sevanaia: attempted homicide.
Sevanaia Bainimarama’s case was due to have been heard last month but there have been no reports of it having it made to court yet.

Fiji media ignored the story despite wide coverage in Australia, New Zealand and U.S.

Last night, there were numerous comments and debate on Facebook about whether the Meli and Hosanna story would be covered by media.

Editor’s Note: Despite the story attracting a lot of interest, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has muzzled local media, issuing a statement saying parties involved in ‘domestic incidents’ can’t be named and neither can the details of such cases be revealed. FBC hasn’t even touched the story with Fiji TV only running the DPP item. The Fiji Times, the first paper to report Meli Bainimarama had been arrested, has taken its story down.

source – c4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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