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Fiji National Security and Defence Minister Says 11 Cases Of Police Brutality Are Being Investigated

Mr Seruiratu said the Fiji Police Force and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission office are working together to investigate any complaints received against Police officers.
12 Feb 2019 10:00
Fiji National Security and Defence Minister Says 11  Cases Of Police Brutality Are Being Investigated
Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu outside Parliment on February 11,2019.Photo: Simione Haravanua.

There are 11 open files on allegations of Police brutality which is being dealt with by various departments, says Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu.

3 cases of Police brutality are from the Southern Division- 1 is before the court, 1 is being investigated while the decision from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is pending.

In the Eastern division, there is 1 allegation of Police brutality which has been completed and the file has been sent to the DPP’s Office for further direction.

There are 6 allegations of Police brutality in Western Division. Of these, 4 are under investigation while 2 files have been sent to the DPP’s Office. 1 case is before the courts in the Northern Division.

Mr Seruiratu said the Fiji Police Force and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission office are working together to investigate any complaints received against Police officers.

He further informed Parliament that a common database was being set up for access by the Commission and Police’s internal affairs department.

This was being done to ensure that both Offices are aware of individual complaints lodged at their respective offices which will ensure that there is transparency when dealing with the cases.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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