Arrest report

A DETAILED report of investigations surrounding the arrest of a retired school teacher in Lami last Friday will be handed to the Minister for Defence Captain Timoci Natuva.

Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald said police had undertaken a detailed investigation into the circumstances leading to the arrest of Joseva Bilitaki, 60.

He said the issue had been discussed with Capt Natuva and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces yesterday.

“I had a combined discussion with all the involved parties,” Mr Groenewald told this newspaper.

“On Monday morning, we will submit a full report to the minister and then we will issue a proper statement.

“The investigation is a detailed investigation in terms of the circumstances leading to the arrest of the person,” he said.

Police have not denied the involvement of the military in the arrest, however, their role in this is being investigated.

Capt Natuva said only the military commander could comment on issues dealing with the military while the police commissioner would deal with all matters pertaining to the police.

Mr Bilitaki is still admitted in hospital because of, police say, a heart condition and hypertension.

There has been continuous hype surrounding this alleged incident on social media.

And Mr Groenewald has asked the public not to jump to conclusions and rely on police to investigate the matter and reveal the truth.

Family members of Mr Bilitaki claim there was no political intent and people should not think otherwise.

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