Friday, June 6, 2008

Is this the beginning of the end?

Now that the PTCCC has moved to Samoa, when will it be until the rest of the overseas initiated centres disappear from our shores.

Our reputation as being the "jewel of the Pacific islands" is slowly eroding. No thanks to military militia men and their supporters, who continue to usurp our democracy.

Instability forces crime unit to flee Fiji

06 JUN 2008
The Pacific's Transnational Crime Coordination Centre has blamed Fiji’s political instability for its decision to move offices out of the country.

Radio Australia quotes the assistant commissioner with the Australian Federal Police, Tim Morris, as saying the TCCC board of management decided it had to be moved.

"The ongoing instability surrounding Fiji has made the board that oversees the Pacific transnational crime network reconsider whether that is the optimum location," Morris said.

The transnational crime network coordinates the efforts of Pacific island nations in fighting crimes which affect all of them, including money laundering, human trafficking, drugs enforcement and customs law enforcement.

It was set up in 2002, based in Suva.

The new centre for the network was opened in Samoa's capital, Apia, today.