TONGA, VANUATU POLICE FACE BRUTALITY CHARGES IN RIOTS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (NiuFM, April 2) - Three Tonga police officers have been suspended for allegedly mistreating locals but it's believed that many more police should be investigated.

Matt Robson, the deputy leader of the Progressives party, told Pacific Radio News this morning the investigations should not be conducted internally.

The Green Party's human rights spokesperson, Keith Locke, is endorsing the call saying there should be a separate investigation for defense forces that were behind much of the initial mistreatment of locals.

Meanwhile, the courts of Vanuatu are expecting similar problems as they work to resolve the 138 arrests made last month for rioting in Port Vila.

[PIR editor’s note: According to an Australian news report, riots broke out between residents from two islands over claims that one of the groups had cast a spell that killed a woman.]

Superintendent Kalo Willie Ben says 30 people have been remanded in custody and 108 have been allowed out on bail.

Three people died as a result of the tribal clash.

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