NEWS

Police Act On False Claims Against Chinese

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the recent alleged kidnapping investigation file involving an 11-year-old student, will be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for independent legal advice.
30 May 2019 09:53
Police Act On False Claims Against Chinese
Chinese community leader Dixon Seeto.

Police say they are concerned with the unwarranted attacks on the Chinese community after three cases of alleged kidnapping were found to be false.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the recent alleged kidnapping investigation file involving an 11-year-old student, will be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for independent legal advice.

Ms Naisoro said all three cases of alleged kidnappings reported to date have turned out false and due to the seriousness of the allegations, all investigation files will be sent to the DPPs Office for their independent legal advice.

The Chinese community in Fiji is also concerned that the allegations have been levelled against them.

Chinese community leader Dixon Seeto said: “We are concerned about some of these baseless allegations and unfortunately it is profiling the Chinese community.

“It has been raised in our community that these sort of things, incident, and false accusations are a violation of the Public Order Act.

“It is bringing and creating a false alarm in the public area. The Chinese community’s existence in Fiji is over 170 years. We are law abiding, work hard, treat Fiji as our home and contribute to the national wellbeing and development.

“We had three similar incidents or claims in a very short span of time. The concern here is that nothing is being done to stop these things from happening again.”

The first alleged kidnapping case was filed in Lautoka on March 6, 2019, where a 12-year-old boy had claimed to have been kidnapped by two men after being given a lolly pop.

The second alleged kidnapping case of Nausori where a nine-year-old boy claimed to have been abducted from outside his house in Nausori.

“I applaud the Police Commissioner and his team for conducting their investigations which was thorough,” Mr Seeto said.

“Tourism is an important and key industry of Fiji and the image of this country is also important. We want tourists to think that this is a safe country.

“People are concerned about the safety of their kids and some parents made sure they dropped their children to school and picked them up, to ensure that the distinctive element was looked after.”

Police are advising parents and guardians to talk to their children about the consequences of making up stories, which cause nationwide panic and resulted in the Chinese community being unfairly victimised.

Edited by Percy Kean


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.




5SQRS Clearance


Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper