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Adi Ana Released: Police Confirm

Adi Ana Released: Police Confirm
Adi Ana Qereitoga
July 24
11:00 2017

Adi Ana Qereitoga, 64, was released from Police custody at around midday yesterday after she was held for more than 35 hours at the Waiyevo Station.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed her release and added that Ratu Orisi Cokanauto was also released.

Adi Ana was taken from her cousin’s home in Vunidawa, Welagi, after midnight on Friday where she was sleeping.

Ms Naisoro said Police investigations will continue as the case was still open. She also confirmed that no charges were laid yet against Adi Ana and Ratu Orisi.

Adi Ana was supposed to be installed as Navunisa na Tui Taveuni on Saturday but following a consensus agreement her installment was deferred to next year.

By then delegations from the vanua veiwekani of Bau (Tailevu), Tunuloa (Cakaudrove), Kasavu (Savusavu) Somosomo and Vuna were already in Welagi with their presentations of gifts and food.

It was then planned that since the vanua veiwekani were at Welagi they would have a ‘kanavata’ (feast) instead as it has been a while since they have converged to a place. They would then disperse Saturday evening after the kanavata.

The vanua went ahead with the ‘kanavata’ on Saturday without Adi Ana. In an earlier interview, Ms Naisoro said Police had wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.

Ms Naisoro had said that Adi Ana and Ratu Orisi were detained on grounds of ensuring the peace.

“She was not detained at the station. She and another man were brought in after he tried to proceed with the installation despite what was agreed to,” Ms Naisoro said.

“The focus for us now is maintaining peace in the community.”

Adi Ana is believed to have stayed at a Policewoman’s house.

Iva Cokanauto, a relative of Adi Ana, said a team of more than 20 officers from the Fiji Police Force, Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Corrections Service and the National Fire Authority came in three vehicles after midnight on Friday to take Adi Ana to the Police station. Adi Ana, a widow for then 20 years was sleeping when the security officers came for her, according to Ms Cokanauto.

She was resting at her official residence at Valelevu, Welagi yesterday afternoon. Her family members said that Adi Ana was tired and needed to rest. She was not ready to be interviewed. 

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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