Foreign Police Liaisons To Look Into Fijian Cold Cases

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is roping in Police liaison officers from different countries to look into cold cases in Fiji.
24 Jul 2022 13:27
Foreign Police Liaisons To  Look Into Fijian Cold Cases
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is roping in Police liaison officers from different countries to look into cold cases in Fiji.

During his visit to Labasa last week he arrived with the Australian Federal Police, senior liaison officer Suva, Superintendent Adrian Morton.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said Superintendent Morton has got a new assistant now.

“We have a Chinese liaison officer, a New Zealand liaison officer and the United States has offered to have one with us,” he confirmed.

“These are separate professional eyes, will be given the files to have an independent view as sometimes we may have Fijian ways of looking at things.”

He said unsolved cases were something they wanted to solve, but things are getting complex, going with technology, Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), digital forensic testing and money trails.

“We need to get specialised people that can look into that and this is one area of discussion where we are trying to get people who have qualifications for the next recruitment,” he said.

“So that we can bring them into the system, offer them the right package and train them into investigation mode so that they can look into forensic accounting things for us.”

North pending cases

When asked about the update on the theft of Westpac Fiji’s money, murder of Jiya Jaanvi in Labasa, the seven-year-old missing child from Taveuni Island, he said these cases were open for investigation.

“I get periodic updates and the last thing we want to do is pressuring the process,” he said.

“Sometimes when it is pressured by my office or the public, they miss the critical bit of evidence which they are supposed to pick up and that is why we end up with cold cases.”

He said they have a special team with the director of CID, chief investigator and intelligence who are dealing with the cold cases.

“We are strengthening our Forensic laboratories. Some of our cases now have come to some form a conclusion and we are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions office,” he said.

“DNA samples have become a critical part of the evidence that’s gathered and that is what is tested here.”

He confirmed that they have sent some overseas for confirmation and it came back with a good result. Some have been going through the court process at the moment and they have to work with the judicial system.

“That is another area we need to address as we do not have DNA legislation at the moment,” he said.

“We have to work with the current law so that we can take people or suspects for DNA.”

Election Preparation

The whole Fiji Police Force will be involved in the election process, says Brigadier General Qiliho.

They are working closely with the supervisor of elections.

“There are a lot of things going behind the scene and I can assure you that we have begun with the election preparation,” he said.

“We were given allocation for the election preparation over a million in the last budget.”

He said part of it has been used in the renovation of a Police post and Police station that would become polling hub and security for ballot papers after the election process.

“That has been done in Viti Levu and very soon we will move to outer islands,” he said.

“Training has been provided already and we are organising refresher courses for the officers.”

He said in the 2022-2023 National Budget they have received allocation for the budget preparatory.

Police brutality

He said a constant reminder on brutality is given.

“We don’t condone it; we stay away from brutality,” he said

“We have tested some body cams on them when they go and deal with such issues.”

This will include Police divers when they go to certain sites.

“Video recording systems now have been installed in Vanua Levu so that when someone comes for an interview, they can be captured even when an allegation is made brutally during the investigation process or interview,” he revealed.

COMPOL on beard

Police officers are now allowed to grow a beard when they go into COVID-19 operations or have traditions and culture to follow such as the hundred nights for iTaukei and 16 days for Fijians of Indian descent.

“We are a multicultural and multi-religious country and so is our organisation,” he said.

“I have taken a lead in that, having a well grown beard and made some reforms.”

He said with the right reasoning this could be applied.


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