Fiji Boils Over

Since he seized power last december, Fijian military leader Frank Bainimarama has regularly accused opponents of trying to destabilize his regime. Last week he went further. Police arrested 16 men, including New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan, a Fijian high chief, and the country's former intelligence chief, over an alleged plot to assassinate Bainimarama, Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and two senior military officers.

Khan was savagely bashed after he was arrested at a roadblock on Nov. 3. In the police station, "he was hit in the face without warning," says his...

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