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Police Death! Father Pleads for Justice

Police Death! Father Pleads for Justice
The BSP Suva Central Bank staff in their pink attire pose for a photo. Photo: BSP
August 22
13:34 2014

A 62-year-old father is pleading for justice after one of his sons died on Wednesday afternoon, in what he claimed was Police brutality.

Jeremaia Nadavo Soko of Nasinu is trying to come to terms with the loss of his fourth-eldest son, Vilikesa Soko, who died at the Lautoka Hospital.

Mr Soko, 30, was arrested by Police last Friday for his alleged involvement in the daylight robbery on the same day at the City Forex Money Exchange in Nadi.

“Police did not advise that my son was taken in custody, but information was conveyed to me that my son was in hospital and in Police custody on Sunday night,’’ Mr Soko said.

“I called my family members in Lautoka to visit my son at the hospital.

He said when his family members visited his son on Monday at the hospital, he was admitted at the Trauma Ward and was cuffed to the bed and in critical condition. Mr Soko said that doctors asked for his consent for an operation on Tuesday which he had consented to because his son’s condition was deteriorating.

“I had consented to the operation because I wanted to see my son alive. He is survived by his wife and three children. The eldest is in Year One, the other is five years old and one is three years old.

“I could not talk to my son since he was admitted and later passed away on Wednesday at around 5.30pm,” Mr Soko said.

He said the post-mortem report said his son died as a result of brutality.

“My son is an electrician and was hunting for a job in the Western Division and stayed with my family in Lautoka.

“My grandchildren will never see their father and his wife and mother are still in shock. The post-mortem report stated that my son was assaulted sexually and that puss had accumulated internally from his intestine and around his private parts.”

“My grandchildren will never see their father and his wife and mother are still in shock. The post-mortem report stated that my son was assaulted sexually and that puss had accumulated internally from his intestine and around his private parts.

“My son was assaulted while in Police custody and I plead with the Commissioner of Police to investigate this matter,’’ Mr Soko said.

“Police should carry out their duties within the parametres of the law. I will be consulting a lawyer to handle this matter.”

Mr Soko will be laid to rest next Monday in Suva.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri has confirmed that the Commissioner of Police has sent an officer from his office to investigate the matter.

The late Soko is reported to be among the five suspects who were allegedly part of the robbery of $50,000 from the Exchange.

In a press conference yesterday at the Police Headquarters in Suva, Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald said any death in Police custody was a tragedy and something he was taking extremely serious.

“I have sent my most senior people, the internal affairs investigators to the location of what happened near Sigatoka, to Nadi and to the Lautoka Hospital. They have my orders to establish the precise facts of the case,” Mr Groenewald said.

Mr Groenewald when giving an account of what had happened during the capture of the suspects, said Mr Soko when taken to the Lautoka Hospital, refused to take medication and kept removing drips throughout the night while he was admitted.

Mr Groenewald said the deceased had undergone an operation the morning after and passed away after 6am.

“The post mortem will give information on what the cause of that was, it is very important for us not to jump into conclusion,” Mr Groenewald said.

Meanwhile, Inspector Sokomuri said two other suspects remained at large while another has been produced in court. Senitieli Boila, 36, was produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court on Tuesday for his involvement in the robbery.

The Police’s divisional media liaison officer – West, Naina Ragigia said one of the three suspects apprehended, Boila, had been charged with one count of aggravated robbery. He was denied bail and the matter has been transferred to the High Court in Lautoka.

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