NEWS

Nurse Did Not Die Of Police Assault, Medical Certificate Says

Mr Batai, a nurse, claimed assault at the hands of a Police officer in Nausori after questioning another.
28 Nov 2020 11:53
Nurse Did Not Die Of Police Assault, Medical Certificate Says
The late Ilaisa Batai

Ilaisa Batai did not die as a result of an assault at the hands of the Police. This is according to the cause of death on his medical certificate.

The summary of the medical report from the Acting Medical Superintendent received by the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, confirmed that Mr Batai’s cause of death was septic shock due to nosocomial infections, intracranial space occupying lesions – most likely lymphoma, complicated pneumonia, probable extra-pulmonary tuberculosis  and immunosuppression.

However, the commission investigation has found that Mr Batai was assaulted by a Police officer on August 8, 2020.

Mr Batai, a nurse, claimed assault at the hands of a Police officer in Nausori after questioning another.

Commission director Ashwin Raj said on September 9, 2020,  they submitted their independent investigations report to the Fiji Police Force in relation to the assault of Mr Batai.

“The commission found that there was sufficient evidence based on medical reports and credible witness statements that the actions of the officer was in breach of law,” he said.

“On November 18, the commission visited Mr Batai at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after learning that he was unwell and undergoing medical treatment at the hospital.

“Following this visit, the commission then wrote to the Medical Superintendent at the CWM Hospital on November 19, and enquired whether Mr Batai’s ailing health was a result of his assault.

“The commission also wrote to Fiji Police Force on the same day seeking an urgent update on their criminal investigations in relation to this assault.”

“The commission urged the Fiji Police Force to expeditiously conclude its investigations because Mr Batai has not lived to see justice,” said Mr Raj.

He said the commission denounced all acts of brutality at the hands of law enforcement agencies and called for accountability without impunity.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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