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Police Question SODELPA MP Bulitavu

His lawyer, Filimoni Vosarogo, told the Fiji Sun that, “The Director CID will now look at the file and by procedure, I’d think it will go to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) for an opinion on whether or not to prosecute.”
13 Jul 2019 16:55
Police Question SODELPA MP Bulitavu
SODELPA Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu outside the CID headquarters in Suva on July 12, 2019.

 

Social Democratic Liberal Party’s Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu was questioned by Police yesterday over his recent comments on Facebook.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that Mr Bulitavu was questioned regarding his social media post and released.

Ms Naisoro said Mr Bulitavu was questioned at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Toorak, Suva.

“He came in with his lawyer this morning (yesterday). He was not arrested. We made arrangements with his lawyer for him to come,” she said.

His lawyer, Filimoni Vosarogo, told the Fiji Sun that, “The Director CID will now look at the file and by procedure, I’d think it will go to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) for an opinion on whether or not to prosecute.”

“It’s an allegation of Public Order Act breach so it will require the DPP to sanction if a charge is preferred,” he said.

Mr Bulitavu had posted on his Facebook last week that, “murder and stabbing in the past were only done by Fijians who are descendants of the indentured labourers from British India and was never part of Fijians who are iTaukei”.

He had also made comments in the iTaukei language, one of them meaning that “this foreign behaviour is not iTaukei, nor Christian”.

Mr Bulitavu made claims that he was brought up in Labasa and it was common to hear of an Indo-Fijian man murder his wife if she was caught in an affair in the cane settlement.

It is believed that his comments on Facebook came after an iTaukei man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death in Suva about two weeks ago.

However, his comments came under criticism from all corners of the country, with some people calling on him to apologise and to step down as a MP.

In a joint statement last Friday with SODELPA president Ro Filipe Tuisawau, Mr Bulitavu apologised for his comments, to all Fijian women and especially to Fijian women of Indian descent.

Ro Filipe also instructed Mr Bulitavu to put down his post on Facebook.

Edited by Percy Kean

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