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Police To Investigate Rabuka Comments

Police yesterday confirmed a directive has been issued to look into the comments made by former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in regards to the 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive by
06 Sep 2014 00:00
Police To  Investigate Rabuka Comments
Rising Suva openside flanker Taniela Sadrugu (left) assists his captain James Brown to score their lone try against Lautoka in the Skipper Cup competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on October 23, 2020. Suva won 7-5 to extend their lead on the points table while Lautoka are relegated to next year’s Vodafone Vanua Championship competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Police yesterday confirmed a directive has been issued to look into the comments made by former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in regards to the 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive by al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Nusra.

Fiji Police Force chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu said the Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, after obtaining a copy of the audio of the interview between Radio New Zealand and Mr Rabuka, instructed the director of criminal investigations to evaluate the matter.

Police would make further comments after the director CID’s evaluation.

During the interview with Radio New Zealand Mr Rabuka had said Fiji’s Muslim community could face a serious backlash if the peacekeepers were harmed by their captors.

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has condemned Mr Rabuka’s comments.

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said this was a most unfortunate comment by anybody.

“It is very irresponsible and it closely borders on inciting violence in Fiji,” the Commander said.

“We all should condemn this comment and hold Sitiveni accountable.”

He said the comment was very irresponsible, especially coming from a person who had been the Commander of the RFMF and an ex-PM of Fiji and one who had links to the multi-racial society.

When approached by the Fiji Sun for a comment on the issue, Mr Rabuka said, “I am forwarding the link where you can listen to the interview. In the beginning I had choked on my emotions as I thought of Siwa (my nephew) and Panapasa (my cousin’s granddaughter’s husband of a few months who left straight after the wedding we had in Tailevu),” he said.

“You can make up your own mind on what the RFMF had to say,” he said.

 

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