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Former Divisional Crime Officer Claims Innocence

Former Divisional Crime Officer Manasa Talala yesterday remained firm that he did not know how one of the two robbery suspects, the late Vilikesa Soko, was injured. Talala, along with
26 Oct 2016 11:00
Former Divisional Crime Officer Claims Innocence

Former Divisional Crime Officer Manasa Talala yesterday remained firm that he did not know how one of the two robbery suspects, the late Vilikesa Soko, was injured.

Talala, along with seven other police officers; Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Senitiki Natakasavu and a former military officer, Pita Matairavula are jointly charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault of Soko, who was in their custody on 15 August 2014. The incident was linked to the death of Soko.

Talala and Vereivalu are also charged with defeating the cause of justice for allegedly instructing other officers to make false statements.

State witness, Superintendent of Police Khusi Ram, who was the interviewing officer for Talala, yesterday read the police interview of Talala in court.

SP Ram read that Talala went to visit Soko at the Lautoka Hospital at the Trauma Ward and later at the Intensive Care Unit. Talala’s statement read that Soko was not responding and later he found out that he died because of the internal injuries.

In the interview, it was also stated that Talala upon seeing both, Soko and Boila covered in blood and bruises, asked the arresting officers what had happened.

He said the suspects resisted arrest and had to be chased and arrested.

Defence lawyer Iqbal Khan argued that SP Ram while interviewing Talala had never questioned him in regards to the allegations against him.

The trial continues today.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Feedback: arishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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