September 4th 2014
REPORTS OF QARASE’S POSSIBLE ARREST ON HIS RETURN FROM THE USA HAVE PROMPTED SODELPA OFFICIALS TO REQUEST THAT HE REMAIN IN THE USA FOR NOW
SODELPA Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa called on the people of Fiji to think carefully and be vigilant when casting their votes.
In a statement today Ro Teimumu said the former Prime Minister, Mr Laisenia Qarase, was again a target of the regime. SODELPA had credible reports that Mr Qarase ran the risk of arrest on his arrival in Fiji from the USA.
Ro Teimumu said no formal charges have been laid yet, as far as she was aware. FICAC, however, have questioned a number of officials about Mr Qarase’s activities and statements and SODELPA believes the intent is to create some justification sufficient for his arrest. Mr Qarase, she said, had done nothing wrong.
Ro Teimumu said Mr Qarase has remained in the USA on the advice of SODELPA and his family.
We do not wish him to come to any further harm or unfair treatment at the hands of this regime. He has already been persecuted and has served his sentence in prison under highly questionable circumstances. We do not want him to face a similar fate again.
Mr and Mrs Qarase’s absence, she said, will cost them their right to cast their vote in this important election if they have not had enough time to apply for a postal ballot.
Ro Teimumu said this type of intimidation and threatening of citizens opposed to the unelected regime has to stop. The best way for people to express their disgust and disapproval of these tactics practiced even as our people go to the polls is to give the regime a resounding vote of rejection at the ballot box.
Ro Teimumu said Mr Qarase’s contributions to SODELPA’s campaign have been sorely missed.
But we would rather him remain safe from the prospect of further persecution at the hands of this unjust regime.
Meanwhile TEAM SODELPA is pushing forward strongly in its campaign to further increase its growing support ahead of September 17th 2014.
“We intend to win this election”, Ro Teimumu said.
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