RFMF has right to hold military officer over 48 hours: Leweni

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Yadra bloggers and here we go again with blabber mouth Lewensky. What is revealing about Lewinsky’s statement is the mentality of the military, that they are accountable to a different law than the rest of the citizens of Fiji. Despite Justice Daniel Gounder’s explanation on the issue of detainment that the 1997 Constitution was the supreme law in Fiji and all other laws were sub-ordinate to it, including the Fiji Military Forces Act, Lewensky still insists that military personnel are treated differently to civilians when it comes to detainment! It is a fundamental rule in law, when a subordinate law is inconsistent with the Constitution, the extent of the inconsistency in the sub-ordinate law is null and void. The fight against Vore and his goons’ ragone has nothing to do with ideals but rather mentality. We can overcome this mentality by putting forward alternatives or ‘solivakasama’ that will make them see the light. At the moment, they are flying blindly hoping to be rescued and will grasp at anything to delay the inevitable, such as making up feeble excuses to defer elections, etc. Remember ragone to register with http://www.solivakasama.org.


2 Dec 2008 01:37:49

The Fiji Military Forces has today said it has the right to hold a military officer in detention over the 48 hour period, but not a civilian.

The issue was discussed at the AG’s conference over the weekend where High Court Judge Justice Daniel Gounder said the constitution only allows for a 48 hour detention and that the RFMF Act wasn’t above that.

We asked Major Leweni whether the Military felt the RFMF Act was inconsistent with the Constitution.


15 Responses to “RFMF has right to hold military officer over 48 hours: Leweni”

  1. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Must be getting advise from the stupid illegal Ayarse. Well you get what you pay for and this, so the legal advise ‘was expected.’

  2. Pusiloa Says:

    What goes around comes around. Every farmer knows that if you plant corn, you’re going to harvest corn. The same principle applies to our personal lives. If we violate laws, we’re going to reap the consequences.

    Research clearly shows that physical inactivity leads to an increase in mortality rates. People who are sedentary have more heart disease, more strokes and more cancers than people who are physically active. Diet also plays into this. The point is, the choices we make have a direct impact on the longevity and quality of our lives.

    People who violate civil laws typically end up reaping a bitter harvest. Either they spend their lives looking over their shoulders while running from the law, or they reap the consequence of forced compliance (either through fines or incarceration). According to the U.S Justice Deaprtment, by mid-year 2002, over 2 million Americans found themselves in jail. I’ll venture to guess that most of these people never dreamed their actions, or inactions would result in such a harvest.

    The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

  3. LUVfiji Says:

    What was he saying? When a citizen dons the military uniform he is subjected to military law only and that his constitutional rights ceases? Strange interpretation. Of course he thought he had outsmarted the Judge!

    Blow on bugler! The end draws nigh..

  4. Mark Manning Says:

    The more decisions this regime makes , the more they expose themselves as incompetent idiots .

  5. Talei Says:


    Cover up’ in Fiji claims scholar Email this article
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    02 Dec 2008, 11:18

    Suva, Fiji:

    By Verenaisi Raicola

    CLAIMS about “national security” allow the military to be secretive and cover up unethical behaviour or simple incompetence, says a political scientist at the Australian National University, Peter Larmour.

    In a report published by the East West Centre, Larmour said the Fiji military faced a different set of corruption risks compared to other state agencies. The army’s top-down system that enforced high standards of personal behaviour on members made criticism of senior officers difficult.

    Larmour, a former consultant on governance issues in Oceania, analysed the vices and virtues of anti-corruption campaigns and how Fiji’s interim military government under Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama approached it.

    Military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni could not be contacted for a comment on the report yesterday.

    Lamour found how personal and regional loyalties tied units together in combat and how it made them favour their own, resisting oversight.

    The military has complicated dealings with a few suppliers of weapons, uniforms and vehicles, making it highly vulnerable to procurement scandals.

    These risks were aggravated and new ones introduced by the expanded role the military took against crime.

    A military survey prior to the 2006 coup found the army came out somewhere in the middle in terms of perceptions of corruption.

    “It was generally seen as less corrupt than the media but more corrupt than NGOs (Tebbutt Research 2006).

    Larmour says in its pure form a military coup displaces civilians with soldiers in top positions but the government otherwise continues as before.

    “In Fiji’s case the RFMF got more deeply involved in sensitive agencies and police work. Commander Esala Teleni, for example, was made deputy commissioner to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption before being appointed police commissioner,” he said.

    Major Leweni was assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture, before being sent on a diplomatic mission to China and later posted to the Ministry of Information.

    Larmour says the clean up campaign generates new challenges to its own legality and claims for compensation over maltreatment as people “remain guilty until proven innocent”.

    “So a wall of cases is likely to move forward into the legal system while the LAWASIA report shows the high court is divided and the TI report shows there are concerns about corruption in the magistrates court,” Larmour said. FT Online/Pacific Media Watch, 02/12/08.

  6. Mark Manning Says:

    If it’s possible for corruption to flourish within the military , then one can assume it’s only a matter of time before the tables are turned on Frank and co. as surely by now , even the thickest of soldiers , can see the irreparable damage being done to Fiji’s reputation , it’s militaries reputation and the economy .

  7. Mark Manning Says:

    Major Monica Lewenski should start looking over her shoulder !

  8. george of sydney Says:

    Hey where are those army legal eagles (Col Azziz & Co.) giving the wrong advice that led to where we are now. They have all gone hiding for they know that their involvement with this illegal takeover cannot ever be justified and it will have a great negative impact to their legal professional career.

    Now it seems that they are now turning to their former BANDMASTER for legal advice. Man just imagine what loyalty to the right people can bring. I can imagine the officers in the Dept Of Info must have a filthy feelings for being bypassed for the Deputy PS position after years of hardwork in the Ministry. I dont blame them for that.
    It amazes me that I see that Leweni is still the Military spokesman. The reason is that in his position in the Department, he should be busy dealing with policy matter and if he is doing his job (if he knows) you wont see him much in public (unless he want to be the main boy in everything ).
    Kena ca na curu mai katuba i muri.

  9. anon Says:

    From a bugler to Deputy PS, what else do we expect ?

    Talk about policy va ya kila….

    Like JW use to say ‘Na boci ga na boci ‘

  10. ICEMAN Says:

    He does not even understand most of the things he is talking about just like his master Voreqe. Maybe he is talking about the “uvu biukila “policy……..

  11. Kingrat Says:

    dua ga e obata koya the bastard

  12. Kingrat Says:

    kaila mada iceman!!!

  13. soro Says:

    Lewenski is truly a living breathing experiment in Artificial Stupidity.

  14. Damudamu Says:

    Has this ‘fart catcher’ done the Junior Staff Officers Course so he is more aware of Military Law??

  15. Glatombloli Says:


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