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Fiji PM says not surprised about plot to kill him

07-19-2012 09:08 BJT

SUVA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has said that he is not surprised that the New Zealand Police are reportedly investigating an alleged plot to kill him, local website Fijilive reported on Thursday.

Bainimarama, who now is in Seoul, South Korea, on a visit, was quoted as saying that the plot is a "work of cowards" and New Zealand should do something about its own terrorists.

Meanwhile, Sharon Smith-Johns, Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Information, told the media in Suva that the Fijian authorities have not been officially informed about the overseas media reports on the NZ police investigation of an alleged plot against the Fijian prime minister.

"All the reports so far have come through the NZ media with no one from the NZ government or NZ Police speaking, and we will await more information," said Smith-Johns.

NZ media reported Wednesday that police and security services have raided the homes of Fiji nationals in Auckland in a bid to investigate a plot claim to assassinate Bainimarama.

Former Fiji cabinet minister Rajesh Singh told Fairfax NZ News that a woman who said she was from the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and three plainclothed policemen came to his Auckland home on Tuesday and seized his daughter's laptop and his cell phone, which were returned later the same day.

The woman reportedly told him she had credible evidence that an assassination on Bainimarama was being planned in Auckland and asked Singh why Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, who is wanted in Fiji on charges of plotting to overthrow Bainimarama after he escaped in May last year and sought refuge with the Tongan royal family, had visited him two weeks ago.

However, a spokesman for Prime Minister John Key reportedly refused to comment, saying "this is an operational matter. We have no comment on security and intelligence matters."

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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