February 24, 2011

Australian citizen claims he was beaten by Fijian soldiers

Updated February 24, 2011 09:08:48

An Australian citizen of Fijian descent claims he was beaten by soldiers when he visited the country in December.

66 year old Apisai Tawake has made public statements in Australia opposing some of the political developments in Fiji since the 2006 military coup led by military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

But he says he had no concerns for his safety when he returned to the country to see friends and family over the Christmas period.

Mr Tawake says while he was in Fiji he tried to speak to Commodore Bainimarama because they have a traditional Fijian cultural link.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Apisai Tawake, Australian citizen
Listen to the interview here.

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