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Dad files report

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THE father of the 24-year-old man who claims he was cast adrift in a rubber tube awaiting a transfer vessel to pick him up lodged a police complaint yesterday.

Malakai Cirikidaveta (Sr) lodged a report at the Central Police Station.

A letter from the Fiji Police Force confirmed Mr Cirikidaveta (Sr) had lodged a complaint against the alleged inhumane treatment his son Malakai Cirikidaveta (Jr) was subjected to when employed as a fisherman on board the Chinese fishing vessel Zhong Yang #28 between November 2013 and April 2014.

Mr Cirikidaveta (Jr) claims he was placed in a rubber tube by some crew members of the Zhong Yang #28 on the instructions of the captain after his elder brother Maikeli Bai asked that the captain arrange for his transfer home because he was seriously ill.

The vessel's local agents Tian Yi Shipping Agencies director Fuan Yang said Mr Cirikidaveta could not be sent home in the quickest way possible because applying for a transit visa in Tahiti was "hard".

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