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Rebel Group Trains In Ra Hills

Rebel military-type training conducted in the highlands of Ra has been uncovered. Police continue their search for weapons or arms that may have been allegedly consigned for the training group.
12 Aug 2015 13:46
Rebel Group Trains In Ra Hills

Rebel military-type training conducted in the highlands of Ra has been uncovered.

Police continue their search for weapons or arms that may have been allegedly consigned for the training group.

More than four suspects from the alleged group were taken in for questioning and kept at the Lautoka Police Station overnight. The incident is allegedly linked to the setting up of the so-called Christian Sovereign State of Ra by a breakaway group in the province.

Seventeen people were originally charged with sedition over the rebel state claim. There has been no suggestion they were involved in the military-style training.

Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald said last night more people were expected to face sedition charges in the coming days.

Over the past three months a former British Army soldier has been conducting military-style training for about 20 Ra villagers on the Yaqara hills.

The training was supposed to have been done secretly but they were spotted and the word quickly got around.

A known supporter in the so-called breakaway Ra State started talking and it led to the latest arrests.

The villagers had been seen training, and if they were doing military-type training, then it was most likely they had been promised arms to use.

The whole of the Western Division is on surveillance by the Police for any sign of movement of arms consignment.

They have been patient in following leads. Land and sea routes were also monitored.  The possibility of foreign yachts being used has not been ruled out in the meticulous investigation.

Experts say to send a sizeable cache of firearms to take on the military in Fiji, yachts are too small – it will come on bigger vessels, in containers.

Security around the nation’s leaders has been beefed up.

The arrest yesterday of suspects by Police is a significant breakthrough.

Police are likely to issue a press release assuring the public that everything is under control.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations ACP Henry Brown and deputy Commissioner Isikeli Vuniwaqa are in Ra to talk to the people there not to be swayed by the rebels.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said a Government team would be visiting the Ra province next week to meet with villagers

He said the relationship between the Government and Ra was very good.

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