Peceli Rinakama is in custody. Details still sketchy. Fiji Sun tracks him down
by fijitoday on March 12, 2010
Former parliamentarians Peceli Rinakama is in custody.
Mr Rinakama’s whereabouts was raised through the media a fter his family claimed they had no idea of his whereabouts since last Friday.
Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni yesterday confirmed Mr Rinakama was under investigations.
Mr Rinakama was last seen on Friday, March 5, following the sentencing of Naitasiri paramount chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata and others.
Ratu Inoke was found guilty of conspiring with one count of conspiracy to kill Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
His family said Mr Rinakama had not returned home nor did they know of his whereabouts.
But Commodore Teleni said there were allegations against Mr Rinakama although information was “still sketchy”.
In it believed Mr Rinakama verbally lashed out at soldiers outside the High Court in Suva following Ratu Inoke’s sentencing.
A few minutes later, he was arrested by soldiers from Ratu Inoke’s home.
Mr Rinakama had been part of a group that had gathered at Ratu Inoke’s home in Toorak, Suva.
The group had gone there to console Ratu Inoke’s family
The Fiji police now say a former parliamentarian, Peceli Rinakama, has been released from custody after he was seized by soldiers last Friday.
A police spokesman, Atunaisa Sokomuri, says after he was held for five days, he was charged with violating the public emergency regulations and allowed to go home on Wednesday.
No further details have been given about the nature of the alleged offence.
The interim government and the military declined all comment about the case.
The Fiji Sun quotes the police commissioner as saying Mr Rinakama is still in custody and under investigation.
But the police spokesman says the media reports about Mr Rinakama are wrong.
“He appeared in the Suva magistrate’s court on Wednesday in regards to the Public Emergency Regulations and he has been bailed to reappear on teh 31st of this month.”
Atunaisa Sokomuri, a Fiji police spokesman
Since last April, the interim regime has been ruling with emergency powers, allowing the military to detain individuals deemed to be a threat to the nation’s security.