Crime & Court

Witness Claims Top Cop Khan Gave Orders For His Detention

Prasad claimed that he was allegedly detained overnight on April 13, 2017 on the orders of Khan, who was the commanding officer at Totogo Police Station in 2017.
11 Mar 2021 11:33
Witness Claims Top Cop Khan Gave Orders For His Detention
Talib Khan outside the Courthouse in Suva on March 10, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Prosecution witness, Tony Prasad, claimed in court that the former Director Internal Affairs, Acting SSP Mohammed Talib Khan, had ordered to have him locked up in a cell because he was ‘cheeky’.

The Magistrates Court in Suva was presented this information yesterday when Prasad took the stand in the trial against Khan – who is charged with one count of abuse of office.

Allegation

Prasad claimed that he was allegedly detained overnight on April 13, 2017 on the orders of Khan, who was the commanding officer at Totogo Police Station in 2017.

He appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara for the second day of the hearing.

Khan is represented by lawyer, John Rabuku, while Saif Shah appeared from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Testimony

Prasad said that on the afternoon of April 12, 2017, he received a call from Khan asking for his personal laptop.

He told the court that after 6pm on the same day, Police officers arrived at his residence in Nasinu with a search warrant and searched his house.

He said after the search, him and his wife, Helen Prasad, were arrested and taken to Totogo Police Station.

Mr Prasad told the court that the officers informed him that he was being arrested on the order of their Commanding Officer, who was Khan.

He said he and his wife were put in separate rooms, and later a lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission attended to him to advise him of his rights.

He claimed that Khan’s vehicle entered the Totogo Police Station premises and once parked, one Inspector Viliame went to speak to him.

Mr Prasad also claimed that outside, Khan told him that “this is what will happen if you do not follow my orders”.

He further claimed that Khan ordered Inspector Viliame to lock him in the cell, and that Khan had said that this was done because Mr Prasad was being cheeky to him.

Mr Prasad testified that after 7pm, he was locked in the cell overnight and released on the morning of April 13, 2017.

He further added that after he was released on Thursday, he went and lodged a report of the alleged detainment at Totogo Police Station on Friday.

He also claimed that the officers did not give a report number, but he kept following up on his report and got no response from the Police.

Mr Prasad claimed that since he was not getting any response, he went and lodged a report at the Police Headquarters, however, he was still not issued with a report number.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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