Location: USS Asphodel Bridge
Timeline: MD02 1820 Hours
Oliver beamed inside the Bridge of the Asphodel, raising his phaser rifle as he did and taking out the Starfleet security officer to Thero's left, rolling and taking out the one on the right before aiming at Thero.
"Pokk Thero, you are under arrest for treason and other crimes against the Alpha Quadrant." Oliver said, slowly standing "You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned, something you later rely on at your trial. Do you have any questions?"
"Not really, Oliver." Thero said, slowly beginning to pace around Oliver "After all, at this moment in time, for all anyone knows, you are the one committing treason here."
Oliver paused. Thero was right. So far, all the evidence they had was circumstantial at best and Oliver had just beamed onto a Starship Bridge and taken out Starfleet Officers.
"If it sends you down, a trip to a penal colony is worth it." Oliver finally replied.
"I'll be sure to mention that at your court martial." Thero replied.
"Or your deposition." Oliver said, his finger moving to the trigger of his rifle "Give up now and no one gets hurt."
"Except Lieutenants Mikhailson and Lars there." Thero retorted, nodding to the stunned officers.
Oliver froze in place. There was nothing he could do. Damned if he did, damned if he didn't. Before he could retort, a green transporter beam appeared in the corner of the Bridge, a robed figure materialising, a Breen disruptor in the gloved hand.
The figure shot once.
Thero slowly sunk to the floor, as Oliver spun to the figure, firing back and instead hitting the bulkhead as they were transported away.
"Damn it!" Oliver said, moving over to Thero, looking down and seeing a severe disruptor burn on the man's chest, Oliver crouching beside him and supporting his upper body "I didn't see them in time. I'm sorry."
"A certain irony, Oliver." Thero said "I know who it was, anyway. She wanted to make sure I didn't tell you..."
Before Thero could finish his sentence, his body went limp. As it did, a group of Starfleet Security Officers exited the turbolift. The Human female Lieutenant Commander at the front stepped forward.
"Commodore Lancaster? Lieutenant Commander Martina Moody, Chief of Security for Asphodel." She said "I'm sorry, sir. When your communique came through, the President overrode the systems and took personal command. However, given the circumstances, I don't have a choice."
She raised her phaser.
"Commodore Oliver Lancaster, I am hereby arresting you on suspicion of the murder of President Pokk Thero. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something you later rely on at trial." She said "Do you understand?"
"Yes." Oliver replied simply as he stood "I do."