PM's bodyguards give up arms
bodyguards got arms: Army
Police bodyguards protecting the Prime
Minister Laisenia Qarase and other Government VIP's had their weapons briefly
removed by the military, says army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Monday December 04, 2006
In a press conference at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Commodore Bainimarama tried
to justify the military's seizure of weapons owned by the Fiji Police as a move
to prevent "dissidents" from using them against his soldiers.
Commodore Bainimarama initially said that the arms were taken from the PM's bodyguard.
However, moments later, after a note was placed in front of him by one of his
officers, Commodore Bainimarama said the arms have been returned.
The military head tried to justify the seizure of police weaponry earlier in the
"We would not want to see a situation whereby the police and the military are
opposed in an armed confrontation," Bainimarama told journalists.
He reiterated that all individuals "intending to commit criminal acts against
the populace, the military and the police, not to do so".
The Acting Police Commissioner Moses Driver has condemned the removal of the police
weaponry as an illegal and unnecessary action.