MILITARY RELEASES TOP FIJI COP AFTER SIX DAYS

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 21) - The military yesterday released Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, ASP Waisea Tabakau, after he had been detained at the army camp for a number of days.

Military Liaison Officer major Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed that Tabakau was released yesterday at about midday.

It is understood that a group of senior police officers had met with the military prior to the senior officer's release.

Tabakau had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua last Friday evening.

He had been kept for questioning at QEB since then though Qiliho declined to give details on why he was detained for the second time in a month.

Acting Commissioner of Police SSP Romanu Tikotikoca could not be reached for a comment.

It is understood though that several senior police officers are currently being investigated by both the military and police on allegations leveled against them since the December 5 takeover last year.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuela Matakibau has also been detained and questioned by the military a number of times this year.

Matakibau, who headed the now disbanded Police Tactical Response Unit, is alleged to have been in possession of illegal firearms.

An unlicensed high-powered, state-of-the-art sniper rifle, which is neither of police, or military issue was discovered at his home, on January 31 by soldiers.

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