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Fosters poll claims laughable: Qarase

1700 FJT
Friday, December 29, 2006

Update: 5pm Deposed Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has described as laughable claims by international conman Peter Foster that he witnessed acts by the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party to rig this year's general election.

And he says if Foster has evidence of such claims he should forward them to police for investigations.

Mr Qarase said from his Mavana Village home that Foster and the head of the military regime, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, are in collusion to discredit his Government.

He said the allegations were laughable because "he (Foster) is a well-known international criminal and a liar".

Foster, who has been barred by the military from making public comments, said in an earlier interview that he was "wearing a wire and recording conversations with corrupt ministers".

"Some of the corruption is amazing and some of the vote-rigging from the last election goes so deep it's shocking."

The military claims it has evidence that the SDL rigged this year's election and would reveal all in the New Year.

Meanwhile, Mr Qarase he planned to travel to Suva in early January but was spending New Year's at his village.

The military has said there is no need for Mr Qarase to travel to Suva, warning that he could be arrested if he did.





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