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Soldiers assist police in firearms investigation

August 19, 2015 3:02 am

One hundred and forty soldiers have been deployed to assist police investigate claims of the use of firearms by alleged rebel groups.

Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says the military forces decided to assist police with manpower.

He says their decision is based on the role of the military spelt out in the Constitution.

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Section 131 (2) states it shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces to ensure at all times the security, defence and well being of Fiji and all Fijians.

Qiliho would neither confirm nor deny that firearms have been found.

Meanwhile police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro says the police force is leading the investigation into alleged seditious activities in the Western Division.

She says police chief of intelligence and investigations ACP Henry Brown
maintains he won’t comment about the investigation in the media as it could jeopardize things.

A total of 63 people have been charged for alleged seditious acts.

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