Army probes claim

THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces(RFMF) has its own regulation concerning investigations and penalties in accordance with the law of the country.

This was the assurance from RFMF chief of staff Brigadier General Jone Kalouniwai after allegations of rape against a group of soldiers who are alleged to have raped a female soldier while on duty in Suva recently.

Brig-Gen Kalouniwai confirmed the RFMF was aware of the matter and a preliminary investigation had started. He said the female soldier had lodged a report with the organisation.

“We will release an official statement once we complete the preliminary investigations. The female soldier lodged the report and we are currently undergoing the investigation,” he said.

“For the timebeing we will not be making any further comments because we don’t want to jeopardise the investigations.

“The RFMF has its own powers in conducting investigations and also awarding the punishments in accordance with the law of this country. That is part of our institutional disciplinary process.”

Brig-Gen Kalouniwai could not give the number of soldiers allegedly involved in the case.