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Complaint Lodged Against Police Commissioner

An ex-Police officer has filed a formal complaint against Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, about his alleged involvement in the release of a South African diplomat involved in a fatal
05 Oct 2015 13:11
Complaint Lodged Against Police Commissioner
Left is Tevita Ralulu and right is Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald.

An ex-Police officer has filed a formal complaint against Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, about his alleged involvement in the release of a South African diplomat involved in a fatal crash last Friday night.

Tevita Ralulu, a former executive of the Ex-Police Officers Association, claimed: “I have made an official complaint against the Commissioner under the charges of obstructing the process of Police investigations.”

“I lodged it today (yesterday) and it has been registered,” he said.

He claimed that Mr Groenewald should not have gone to Totogo Police Station. He compromised his position because the diplomat was also a South African. It was not a good look, he added.

He said although Mr Gronewald had merely reminded the Police officers about  the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that gave the diplomat immunity from arrest and detention, the officers should have been allowed to carry out their investigation because a man had died.

Mr Groenewald said last night he welcomed the complaint made against him.

“I am still not aware of the complaint made against me, but at the moment I will wait for the outcome of the investigations by Police, and as a Fijian citizen the person is welcomed to do so because that’s his right,” he said.

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva, could not be reached for comments last night.

Ashneel Singh, 26, died from injuries he suffered after his car collided with the  diplomat’s car last  Friday at  Edinburgh Drive in Suva.

His family was disappointed that the diplomat had been released.

It wants justice to be done.

 

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