FDN has got it right from “the horse’s mouth” that frustration and resentment is at an all time high among professionals in the Fiji Police Force because they are being stopped from properly investigating the death threats against the Aussie High Commissioner.
We have been told by an impeccable source that police feel they’re being made to look incompetent because they have not made an arrest.
As you know, over the past two months the High Commissioner, Mr J. Batley, has received three threats, the most recent on Friday 27 June 2008,
A senior police officer has told FDN that the police have a very good idea as to who is behind the threats. He said they even have a name of a serving RFMF soldier.
A member of the FDN team in Sydney has close personal ties with two senior police officers and we can tell you they have not been backward in coming forward to voice their disquiet.
“We are looking just like we are completely useless,” is what one of them said when our team member spoke with him by phone during the past 24 hours. He then said: “The truth is that we could probably make an arrest today if it wasn’t for the fact that the FMF has put up a big brick wall around their people.
“The military are into this right up to their necks and there are leads to the very top and we are not allowed to do anything. We are not even allowed to go anywhere near the people we should be interviewing”
Also, our police contact said the soldier that they suspect has a record of violence that stretches back many years. Apparently he was a long-time member of the army’s Special Operations Security Unit, which has been associated with illegal heatings and other acts over the past 20 years.
We have also learned that the police public relations people were told to put out the line that someone sounding like a Solomon Islander or Ni-Vanuatu was firmly in the frame as a suspect.
This tactic was designed purely to distance the case from the RFMF. Interestingly, using it tells us that not only is the RFMF pulling the strings in the background, but that they are well aware that most people would have suspected them right from the beginning.
FDN is using several channels (including court records on the Net) to find out more about the soldier who the police named to us, but of course it would be great if anyone out there in the blogosphere who knows anything could contact us.
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. But please don’t use an email address that could identify you in anyway.
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