Crime & Court

Police Director Internal Affairs Pleads Not Guilty

Mohammed Talib Khan is charged over alleged directing of unlawful arrest and detention.
21 Aug 2020 12:24
Police Director Internal Affairs Pleads Not Guilty
Police Director Internal Affairs Mohammed Talib Khan, outside Court in Suva on August 20, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Director Internal Affairs, Acting Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Talib Khan has pleaded not guilty to the charge of abuse of office.

Khan, 54, is charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions. He appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

It is alleged that on April 13, 2017 at Suva, Khan, as an Acting Superintendent of Police, directed the unlawful arrest and detention of a person. This was an abuse of the authority of his office and an arbitrary act.

Khan was represented by lawyers John Rabuku and Loqi Cati.

Prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Saif Shah, served the defence with full phase disclosures.

He did not object to the bail of the accused, however, sought for reporting conditions and two suitable sureties.

Mr Shah also told the court that the State would be relying on Khan’s caution interview statement.

Mr Rabuku told the court that there were no problems from the defence on the use of caution interview statement and the charge statement at this stage.

He also informed the court that Khan was still holding onto his office as the Director of Internal Affairs.

Magistrate Wickramasekara ordered Khan to report to the Police Headquarters every Friday between 8am and 4pm.

Khan has also been ordered:

  • To surrender his passport and travel documents;
  • Not to obtain any travel documents while on bail;
  • Not to leave Fiji without the permission from the court;
  • Not to reoffend while on bail;
  • Not to interfere with the prosecution witnesses;
  • Sign a personal bond of $3000.

The matter has been adjourned to December 4 to fix hearing dates.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that Khan had been sent on leave.

She said: “The normal disciplinary process is that, the officer is told to take all his leave and after exhausting it, the officer is then interdicted which essentially means that Khan will not be in the office.”

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua


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