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12 Police Suspended Without Pay Following Escape Of Remand Inmates

Twelve Police officers were suspended without pay yesterday pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation. Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed this yesterday. This is in relation to
30 Nov 2018 11:30
12 Police Suspended Without Pay Following Escape Of Remand Inmates
Escapee Suliano Rokosuka (bottom right) was arrested on Wednesday while Police are still searching for (from top left), Jonacani Qalova, Maika Tovagone, Niko Taleimaitoga and Emosi Baledrokadroka.

Twelve Police officers were suspended without pay yesterday pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed this yesterday.

This is in relation to the escape of five remand prisoners from Police custody on Tuesday.

They were remand prisoners who escaped from the Suva Courthouse cell block.

Brigadier-General Qiliho had interdicted five regular officers and suspended seven Special Constables without pay effective immediately.

The search continues for the four remaining escapees.

A warning was also issued for the arrest of those who are found harbouring or aiding the escapees.

On Tuesday, the Internal Affairs Unit of the Fiji Police Force was directed to expedite a preliminary investigation into the escape of five remand prisoners from Police custody.

The investigation was to look into the conduct and operations of the 25 Police officers who were tasked with all aspects of the escorting duties of the five escapees. Brigadier-General Qiliho had labelled the incident as “unacceptable” and said that there would be disciplinary action against the officers who had failed to conduct their duties.

The Police Commissioner had to review the preliminary findings of the Internal Affairs investigation before he made a decision to interdict those responsible without pay.

Escapee, Suliano Rokosuka, was arrested on Wednesday night at Wailea Settlement and is in Police custody at the Nabua Police Station. A man and woman were also arrested for allegedly harbouring Rokosuka

 Prisoners’ background:

On April 27, Emosi Baledrokadroka had escaped while he was escorted to the Magistrates Court by a special constable.

In another separate incident on October 15, Baledrokadroka and four other men of Tacirua were charged for allegedly entering the compound of the director of Tacirua Transport on July 26.

His case was called on Tuesday.

Another prisoner, Maika Tovagone, charged for resisting arrest and who allegedly stole assorted items and cash valued at more than $800 from the Nadera Medical Clinic on August 23 was also one of the escapees.

Another prisoner, Niko Talemaitoga, was called for a mention before Justice Vinsent Perera at the High Court in Suva on November 27.

He was charged for aggravated robbery. He also formed part of the escapee group.

Another escapee, Jonacani Qalova, who is charged with one count of theft and one count of criminal intimidation after he was allegedly caught stealing assorted items in Namadi on February 6.

He was also called for mention on the day of the escape.

On the day of his escape, Suliano Rokosuka appeared in court for mention along with the four other escapees.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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