Crime & Court

Alleged Dirty Cops ‘Frame Man’

The three officers are accused of planting methamphetamine in the office of the business during a supposed raid.
09 Feb 2021 10:35
Alleged Dirty Cops ‘Frame Man’
Meth and Ice.

A second case has turned up alleging Police planting methamphetamine in a suspect’s property.

Three Police officers are expected to appear in court this week, each charged with one count of abuse of office.

The three are a 31-year-old, a 37-year-old and a 48-year-old.

The three officers are accused of planting methamphetamine in the office of the businessman during a supposed raid.

A person close to the investigation has now revealed details of the alleged crime, after Fiji Sun revealed another matter in which Police officers had allegedly framed another man by planting methamphetamine in his vehicle.

In this case which happened late last year, it is alleged that the three Police officers went to the office of a Suva businessman, whose close relative is known by Police to be a methamphetamine user.

It is alleged that the three searched the office once and did not find anything, but asked the businessman for money.

It is claimed that when the man refused to pay them any money, the three said they needed to search the office again.

After the second search, a packet of methamphetamine was allegedly ‘found’ on top of a refrigerator. This time around, they demanded $1500 which the businessman gave them.

This exchange was witnessed by a lady who was in the office to pick up some items. After the officers left, the businessman reviewed the CCTV footage and realized that the drugs may have been planted in his office by the officers.

It is further understood that the man took the footage and went to Totogo Police Station to lodge a Police complaint. While there, it was further revealed that no raid was sanctioned by the station officer and that there was no raid recorded.

The file is believed to be with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In the matter of the six Police officers who had allegedly planted methamphetamine in the vehicle of a man in April, the file has been returned to the investigating officer for further information.

Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu had earlier said all reports lodged against Police officers of their alleged involvement in drug related activities would be investigated by Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“This is testament to how we will not take allegations of officers being involved in the illicit trade lightly, as we cannot be fighting this war publicly and calling on public support if some of our own are involved,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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