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‘No Complaint Received From Lawyer: Qiliho

Acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho says they have not received any complaint from Lautoka-based lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh. Ravindra-Singh claims he is being threatened by the nation’s security
06 Dec 2015 10:42
‘No Complaint Received From Lawyer: Qiliho
Acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho .

Acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho says they have not received any complaint from Lautoka-based lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Ravindra-Singh claims he is being threatened by the nation’s security forces.

Mr Ravindra-Singh, in an interview with the Radio New Zealand, claimed he was living in fear after receiving a number of threats.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “The Fiji Police Force has not received any complaints from the lawyer.

“We can’t do anything, there is no complaint lodged with us.”

He said he would not go around getting extracts from overseas media for information about civilians claiming to be threatened in order to investigate.

“Maybe the overseas media is investigating him,” he said.

“If he is being threatened and he lodges a complaint with the Fiji Police Force, we will surely investigate his claims.”

Mr Ravindra-Singh was also reported as stating the threats were also on people close to him and included three attacks by men he believed to be members of the country’s security forces. Mr Ravindra-Singh told Radio NZ the men were in plain clothes and their faces were covered but he says they were evidently members of the security forces.

“In all of these attacks the men had military boots on, they were well-trained, they were very fit. Apart from that it was the way spoke and it was the questions and also certain things such as ‘why is he against the government’ and ‘you can tell him this is going to happen to him’ and ‘we’re looking for him’,”  Mr Ravindra-Singh told Radio NZ.

Mr Ravindra-Singh is representing a number of people who are on sedition-related charges. Some of them were allegedly involved in trying to set up a so-called Christian State in Fiji and others alleged to be part of para-military style group.

When contacted by Fiji Sun Mr Ravindra-Singh said he was not living in fear but was concerned.

When this newspaper asked him to clarify some comments he made to Radio NZ he said, “Not at the moment, call me next week.”

However he was reported by Radio NZ as claiming two of the attacks happened within hours of each other in Nadi on the night of November 21.

Mr Ravindra-Singh also told the overseas media that one of victims was his employee who was bundled into a car and driven into the bush and was subjected to acts of torture including being stomped on, hit with a rod, pricked with pins, and injected with liquid for two hours.

The lawyer claimed he believed the aim of the threats was to stop him representing those accused in the sedition cases.

He said there was a high level of fear in his office right now and he was very concerned and worried.

Mr Ravindra-Singh also said he would not be put off the case.

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