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Fourth Police member terminated in seven days

By Maneesha Karan SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 5, 2011) – In Fiji, a Labasa police officer has been jailed for two years four months for corrupt conduct.

The Labasa Court yesterday jailed Gyan Deo who pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining corrupt benefits in the sum of FJ$307 [US$179] from a Labasa businessman.

Deo is the fourth member to be terminated from the Fiji Police Force within the past seven days in the Northern Division.

Three Northern police officers were dismissed following convictions for assault last week. Northern police spokesman Luke Rawalai said the number of dismissed officers in a week in the North alone was a concern.

"The court outcome provides a clear picture to police officers of the consequence if they take the law into their own hands or misuse the power vested in them," Mr. Rawalai said. "The Police Force is an accountable organization and the public trust in the force is still there because people still come to us for help. But these cases should be considered as a stern warning for the members of the force not to abuse their position because they will not be spared and will face the full brunt of the law."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri in an earlier report said the headquarters would be stepping in to address the issue in the North Division.

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