The corruption of Fiji under Qarase

The NZ Herald has a remarkable article that shows just exactly why Qarase had to go in Fiji. There is none of the breathless fantasy of Michael Field or Barbara Dreaver, just plain facts, and the facts are damning of Andrew Hughes and Laisenia Qarase.

Qarase colluded with the Australian in charge of the Fiji Police at the time to lure Commodore Frank Bainimarama to New Zealand ostensibly for “peace” talks and they tried to arrange for New Zealand through Howard Broad to arrest him. They tried to fit him up on trumped up charges and have him detained in New Zealand:

In Suva, the Fiji police force had been awaiting an opportunity to arrest the commodore on the sedition charge but were unable to penetrate his heavily armed personal security detail – rarely less than 12-strong at any given time.

“I had earlier taken a brief of evidence to the DPP,” said Mr Hughes, “and it was agreed that there was a case to answer on a sedition charge.

“We wanted to arrest and charge Commodore Bainimarama but he was permanently covered by heavy security. I was very keen to avoid an armed confrontation between the police and the military. So we waited.”

As Prime Minister Qarase waited at Suva’s Nausori airport to board a New Zealand Air Force VIP jet to take him to the Peters-brokered talks in Wellington, he was surprised to be joined by Mr Hughes, who then explained that the arrest plan was unlikely to come to fruition. Mr Qarase was shocked.

The Fiji Police Commissioner boarded the flight and in Wellington he met a deputy secretary for foreign affairs but was again told the New Zealand Government’s position was that a political or diplomatic solution was preferred.

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  • politically unstable

    Helen Clark was in line for a UN role at the time. She got serious egg on face after telling them she had averted a coup. The Fiji boys went back to Fiji and carried on with what they wanted to do – they just told Helen what she wanted to hear. As if these two high testesterone guys were going to listen to a silly woman from NZ!!! And for this NZ has treated Fiji like shit since 2006.