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‘Rebel’ File With DPP

‘Rebel’ File With DPP
May 02
11:27 2015

Police have sent their file on a “rebel” group forming two so-called “autonomous Christian states” to Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde.

He will decide whether charges can be laid against the alleged perpetrators.

The so-called states in question are in Ra and Nadroga-Navosa.

Assistant Commissioner of Police and Chief  Intelligence and Investigation,  Henry Brown said: “I can confirm to you now that we have completed our investigation on the group and the file is now with the Director of Public Prosecution.”

In the Crimes Decree 2009, under the heading Treason And Other Offences Against Government Authority 63, treason or any acts of seditious nature are classified as a crime.

The Constitution, Section 2 (6) says any attempt to establish a Government other than in compliance with this Constitution shall be unlawful and –

(a)     Anything done to further that attempt is invalid and of no force or effect; and

(b)    No immunities can lawfully be granted under any law to any person in respect of actions taken or omitted in furtherance of such an attempt.

The Christian state idea is in direct contravention of the Constitutional provisions of a Secular State which states that religious belief is personal and religion and state are separate.

The “rebels” are linked to the so-called Fiji Democracy Movement in Sydney.

A Sera Laveta, who chaired the movement’s meeting last Thursday in Sydney claimed “two autonomous states” had been set up. Their two flags were posted on Facebook plus a third for the Federated Sovereign States of the Fiji Islands.

A woman behind the group is Oni Kirwin who had earlier claimed in her visit to Fiji last year that she would visit Buckingham Palace and meet the Queen. It is understood it never happened.

Provincial councils in Ra, Ba and Nadroga-Navosa and chiefs have distanced themselves from the “rebels.” They pledged their allegiance to the Bainimarama Government.

Rewa chief, Turaga na Vunivalu, Ro Epeli Mataitini said: “We must all be reminded that we are governed by a Government that is not blind.”

He said that soon after the Tui Navitilevu, Ratu Meli Bolobolo, was sworn in “as president” of the rebel group, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama removed him from the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB).

He said they were informed by the Prime Minister of the removal and also the reason. Ro Epeli is a member of TLTB board

Ro Epeli said the rebel group should be taken to task as the real motive behind this was to split the iTaukei people.

“I must remind this group that the itaukei people are totally behind the Prime Minister and his Government.”

The late Tui Navitilevu and the late Ratu Osea Gavidi were members of the group.

“We now have a caring Prime Minister and Government and we the iTaukei people should support it as the Constitution has given us protection,” Ro Epeli said.

The Roko Tui Ra, Mosese Nakoroi, said the group had fizzled out.

He said a team from his office visited all chiefs from Ra and they were not aware of this group except for the Marama Tui Natuia.

Mr Nakoroi said they managed to convince her to stay away from the group.

He said she had now joined other Ra chiefs in supporting the PM and his Government.

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