Fiji Police Investigate Allegations Of Police Brutality

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Commissioner: Won’t condone abuse of power by any officer

By Salaseini Vosamana and Maika Rabaleilekutu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 5, 2015) – The Fiji Police Force is investigating separate reports of alleged brutality by its own officers in the Northern and Central divisions.

Days after Commissioner Ben Groenewald said he would not condone abuse of power by any of his men, reports had emerged of alleged police abuse, the latest being the alleged abuse of a young boy by a group of officers at the Central Police Station in Suva.

In that incident, three reporters from this newspaper witnessed the alleged assault on Saturday.

It has been confirmed the reporters' statement have been recorded by an officer (Kushi Ram) from the Internal Affairs Unit.

A police statement also confirmed Mr Groenewald had directed the officers from the unit to investigate the alleged ill-treatment at CPS.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Timoci Natuva is awaiting the report on the alleged police assault which took place in Nabalebale settlement in Cakaudrove last month.

He said he was briefed by Mr Groenewald yesterday morning.

He said Mr Groenewald would send him the report with his recommendations.

"I will have to look at each case and see if there is a need to send these police officers home or any disciplinary actions," Mr Natuva said.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro has also confirmed the seven files regarding the complaints against police in the North is being compiled.

She said the compiled files would be submitted to the Chief of Intelligence and Investigation Henry Brown.

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