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Police brutality claims

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

POLICE spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday confirmed the force received a complaint lodged by a man claiming he was assaulted by police officers at his Vatuwaqa home.

Pio Koroiadi claims he was assaulted by five police officers on March 30, this year after they accused him of having information of a robbery that took place in a supermarket where he works as a security officer.

He said he had just finished work that Monday night at 9:30pm and was at home with his wife, children and mother.

Mr Koroiadi said he heard someone calling him and went closer to have a look as he could not recognise the person.

"I was just approaching him when a punch landed on my face," he said.

"By this time, about four other men just came out from nowhere and started punching and beating me with sticks.

"I screamed out and that was when my mother, wife and sister woke up and came out and saw what was happening."

Mr Koroiadi's mother, Melaia Koroiadi, said she was awoken by screaming and instantly recognised her son's voice.

She said she cried when she saw her son on the ground and five men assaulting him.

She said the men who assaulted her son wanted him to give them information about the robbery.

Mr Koroiadi said: "I told them over and over again that I did not know anything about the robbery."

Ms Naisoro said a police team from the Southern Division Police Complaints Department was investigating the matter.


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