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Convicted Rape Officers Face Sentencing Today

  Eight ex-Police officers and an ex-soldier already convicted of rape will be sentenced by the High Court in Lautoka. Defence lawyer Iqbal Khan, in mitigation, presented three character witnesses
22 Nov 2016 10:22
Convicted Rape Officers Face Sentencing Today
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Eight ex-Police officers and an ex-soldier already convicted of rape will be sentenced by the High Court in Lautoka.

Defence lawyer Iqbal Khan, in mitigation, presented three character witnesses for his clients yesterday before Justice Aruna Aluthge.

The Deputy Divisional Police Commander West, Superintendent c spoke highly of the eight ex-police officers who were working under him.

Former Divisional Crime Officer Manasa Talala and seven other police officers; Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Senitiki Natakasavu and ex-soldier Pita Matairavula were convicted of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault of a robbery suspect Vilikesa Soko, who was in their custody on 15 August, 2014.

Talala and Vereivalu were also convicted on two counts of perverting the cause of justice.

Superintendent Khan told Justice Aluthge that the ex-Police officers had been serving faithfully in the Police Force for years.

He also recalled his peacekeeping mission with Talala in Kosovo and said Talala was faithful to his duties.

There was also character witness praise for ex-military officer, Matairavula.

Third witness, Faiyaz Ali a long serving Justice of Peace and at the Lautoka Community Policing said the officers did wonders with projects by the Lautoka community and asked the judge to show leniency in the sentencing of the officers.

Mr Khan had filed written mitigation submissions last week after Justice Aluthge dismissed his application on motion to stay proceedings and ordered him and his clients to pay a sum of $2000 for delaying court proceedings.

After a month long trial, Justice Aluthge found all nine guilty of their charges earlier this month.

He also declined a defence application of ‘no case to answer’ and another application of judicial disqualification made by Mr Khan.

Justice Aluthge will be sentencing the men at 2.30pm today.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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