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Commissioner Faces Queries

The service provided by the Fiji Police Force and allegations against certain officers were raised by members of the public during a talanoa session with Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald. The
30 Apr 2015 12:09
Commissioner Faces Queries

The service provided by the Fiji Police Force and allegations against certain officers were raised by members of the public during a talanoa session with Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald.

The session was also attended by representatives of the business community at the Labasa College Hall yesterday.

During the session, Namara resident Narendra Naidu raised the circumstances surrounding the arrest of his son over a drug offence and the ensuing search of his house.

“I never argue with Police because it was right what the Police were doing,” Mr Naidu said.

But Mr Naidu claims officers then handcuffed and assaulted his son, before taking him to the Police station.

Commissioner Groenewald said the case was still being investigated.

“There are outstanding cases being investigated and these cannot be discussed in public consultations,” he said.

Mr Groenewald said he would make sure that all cases are properly investigated.

“I have appointed independent people from my office who are present in Labasa at the moment investigating a number of allegations of Police regarding ill-treatment by people,” he said.

Mr Groenewald said Police officers could only search a house if a warrant was produced.

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