1987 Bomb 2 Charged: Police

Former academic declines to tell more despite of immunity grant
27 Nov 2020 11:05
1987 Bomb 2 Charged: Police

Two people were charged for their part in the bombing incidents that took place in 1987 and later given immunity.

Police confirmed that according to their files, two people were charged. The explosions took place on Octo­ber 17 and 18 in 1987.

The target in the explosions was Ratu Filimone Rolagaivau. He had switched sides from the victorious Coalition Party to join the Interim Government set up by the 1987 coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka.

One of the two people charged remains in the country. Speaking to Fiji Sun, the former academic said he would not make comments regarding the incident even though he had been given immunity after they were produced in court.

“Although I received the immunity and can say a lot about the matter, I choose not to,” the former academic said.

The other person charged in relation to the bombing of 1987 is believed to have left the country.

A Police complaint has been lodged by Veronica Malani against Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum alleging he was involved in the bombing incident.

Ms Malani, who is Ratu Filimone Ralogaivau’s daughter, said she and her mother were injured in the blasts.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in 1988 was Fiji’s current Ambassador to Japan, Isikeli Mataitoga.

Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, in a statement said, he received a letter from complainant Ms Malani, regarding her concerns about the investigation process surrounding the handling of her report.

“As per the earlier assurances given on the conduct of the investigations, this has not changed. Ms Malani has been given progress reports of her case since the day her report was lodged,” the statement read.

“The senior investigating officer visited her home several times to brief her of the progress of her investigations.

“While we do not wish to dwell too much on this issue, the investigating officers have been complying with necessary processes in communicating the progress of her investiga­tion.”

Police communicated with the investigating officer in the 1987 bombing cases who confirmed investigating three bombing cases where two persons were subsequently charged and produced in court.

“Investigators are trying to determine if the report lodged by Mrs Malani is linked to the same allegations and reports lodged in 1987 since the matter was already investi­gated and dealt with in court,” said the statement.

“The Acting Commissioner is again calling for patience and understanding as investigators need time in compil­ing and gathering facts and evidence pertaining to this re­port and we cannot rush the investigation process.

“Investigations will not be swayed by speculation or com­ments against the investigation processes as we are mind­ful of our actions because it will ultimately impact the outcome of legal proceedings, if any.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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