August 07, 2012


Ministry of Information
Aug 07|09:12 am

Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns says there is no police report on Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama or the Fijian Government.

Ms Smith-Johns was responding to a recent report in the international media that “Fiji Trades Union Congress leader Felix Anthony reported the Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama to the Fiji Police” .

“These reports are inaccurate and mischievous with the aim of promoting personal agendas,” Ms Smith-Johns said.

“Mr Anthony had filed a complaint against some members of the military and not against Prime Minister Bainimarama or the  Fijian Government.”

Ms Smith-Johns said the allegations by Mr Anthony were reported following the Prime Minister’s visit to the Rarawai Sugar Mill last year.

“This alleged case dates back to February, 2011,” she said. 

“And it begs the question, why has it taken Anthony 18 months to file a Police report?

“This is just another veiled attempt to take cheap shots at the RFMF. 

“The delay in investigations are on the part of Mr Anthony because he has been deferring the submission of his statement.

“Until there is a full investigation into the matter these are simply allegations. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest this incident occurred and therefore, it should be left in the hands of the Fiji police to investigate. 

“It is also, therefore, premature and absolutely mischievous for the  media to report on the incident without getting the facts. I expect Radio New  Zealand International to issue a correction.”


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