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Fiji Court Toilet Romp: Police Officers Stood Down

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the investigations were being conducted by their Internal Affairs Unit after a complaint was lodged by the Chief Registrar, Justice Yohan Liyanage .
28 May 2019 10:50
Fiji Court Toilet Romp: Police Officers Stood Down

Two Police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the internal investigations over the Suva Court toilet sex drama.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the investigations were being conducted by their Internal Affairs Unit after a complaint was lodged by the Chief Registrar, Justice Yohan Liyanage.

She was responding to questions raised by many people particularly on social media whether any action had been taken against the Police officers.

The officers stood guard outside the toilet while two remand men, waiting for their cases to be called, had sex with their partners inside.

The incident raised speculation among the public about an alleged scandal between remand prisoners and some of their escorting officers.

Conspiracy theorists based their opinions on the number of remand prisoners escaping from custody from the country’s courts. Here are some of the well known cases:

  • In September 2017 a remand prisoner escaped from the Suva court;
  • In January 2018 a remand prisoner escaped from the Labasa court;
  • In November 2018 five remand prisoners escaped from the Suva court;
  • In February 2019 two remand prisoners escaped from the Suva court; and
  • In March 2019, three remand prisoners escaped from the Lautoka Police Station.

In his statement to the Fiji Sun, Justice Liyanage talked about the “laxity of the Police escorting officers.”

Earlier this year, High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe scolded Police officers in his courtroom after remand prisoners were found mingling with family members in the public gallery. Justice Rajasinghe ordered the officers to ensure that remand prisoners were kept separately and away from the members of the public, including their family members.

Escorting Police officers were also reminded by the Court to not allow the remand prisoners to mingle with the members of the public.

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar had said the remand prisoners were not to sit outside the courtroom to eat with them as the cell block located at the Court House had the provision for the remand prisoners to have their lunch.

The toilet sex drama was discovered when a judicial officer went to the female toilet last Tuesday.

The two Police officers stopped her saying it was locked. She complained to her supervisor who then went with her back to the toilet.

The Police officers were reprimanded and the toilet was opened. The Judicial officers found clothes strewn on the floor and the two couples naked. The Between the Lines (BTL) column first reported the incident before it went viral on social media.

Edited by Percy Kean

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