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5 Narere Youths Allege Brutality, Police Investigate

The Fiji Police Force has again reiterated that they do not condone Police brutality and would investigate allegations made by some Narere youths. “We do not condone this kind of
06 Nov 2015 10:30
5 Narere Youths Allege Brutality, Police Investigate
Laisiasa Karuya (left), and Rupeni Tabilai assist their friend, Kolinio Asesela (middle). They claimed that they were physically assaulted by Police at Nasinu Police Station on Sunday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Police Force has again reiterated that they do not condone Police brutality and would investigate allegations made by some Narere youths.

“We do not condone this kind of attitude or actions by Police. We will look into this matter and investigate to verify the allegations,” chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu said.

The group claimed they were beaten up by a group of Police officers at the Nasinu Police Station on Sunday morning.

Four youths Laisiasa Karuya, Kolinio Tawake, Lepani Tikoduadua and Kolinio Koro were returning from watching the Rugby World Cup final from a friend’s house in Narere when they were stopped by Police at the New World Supermarket.

Rupeni Tabilai, who was on his way to work, also joined the four youths.

Kolinio Tawake, 22, a Diploma in Automotive Engineering graduate from the Fiji National University claimed when the group was transported to the station they were repeatedly threatened and told to wet themselves in the shower.

He said they were also told by the officers they would be charged with loitering.

“When we were wet they slapped us on our backs several times and their hands were heavy,” Mr Tawake said.

“We were ordered to duck walk and squat while holding our ears. When I had already sustained bruises on my back and hand I was then told to crawl with my hands at the back.

“What we want is if Police officers have something against us, why can’t they just come and talk it over with us?”

He also claimed he had been limping and finding difficulty in walking because of the injuries he claimed he sustained while in Police custody on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Mr Tabitai claimed the group suffered body pains after being released from Police.

Meanwhile ACP Tudravu said they had not received any reports yet from the group but was urging them to do so.

Mr Tabilai said the officers also told them they had received a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office allowing them to do things their own way.

To this ACP Tudravu said it was false and they would be investigating.

“That is incorrect; the Prime Minister never wrote any sort of letters like that to us, we will investigate,” ACP Tudravu said.

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