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Muslim League Alleges Drunk Youths Involved In Taveuni Markaz Fire

Mr Hussein alleged that the fire incident started after three youths who were heavily intoxicated broke into the Courts Fiji outlet.
27 Jul 2021 15:01
Muslim League Alleges Drunk Youths Involved In Taveuni Markaz Fire

Macuata Muslim League President, Hazeem Hussein, has cleared the air regarding Sunday morning’s fire incident at a prayer centre (Markaz) in Naqara, Taveuni.

Mr Hussein alleged that the fire incident started after three youths who were heavily intoxicated broke into the Courts Fiji outlet.

He alleged that the three played a part in the burning of a shop and the partially burnt prayer centre.

“I believe Police have CCTV footage as evidence, which was captured by one of the cameras at the Courts building, showing the robbery incident and the events later on,” he alleged.

Mr Hussein said they had a meeting with the Acting Divisional Police Commander North, Kemueli Baledrokadroka at their Muslim League office on this matter on the same day.

“We were told that the fire was a result of the youths high level of intoxication that had led to this incident,” he reiterated.

Mr Hussein said they were fortunate that a neighbour along with the Police and National Fire Authority were able to contain the fire.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro confirmed that the three youths had been arrested and taken into custody following the incident.

“We can’t confirm at this point whether they were directly involved or not in the fire incident,” she said.

Ms Naisoro said a team from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Divisional Crime Officer North in Labasa were deployed to Taveuni to assist their officers with the investigation process.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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