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Unexplained police visits

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, June 28, 2014

THERE are still unanswered questions regarding police visits paid to former The Fiji Times editor Netani Rika's hotel during the two-day Pacific Islands Development Forum meet in Nadi last week.

In an interview, Mr Rika, now with the Pacific Conference of Churches, said police officers visited his hotel (Tanoa International Hotel) on four separate occasions and asked staff members if he was staying there.

Mr Rika clarified that the officers did not come up to his room.

However, he said that the officers made it clear to staff members that they did not want him to know they had come by.

"The police visited the hotel looking for me, but I wasn't there when they came, and I don't know why they came," he said.

"(They visited) on three occasions — the three the beginning, I was told by the hotel staff and the organisers of the event which I was attending (that they came by).

"And the fourth time the police came, I saw it myself. When I went to speak to the officer, he had already left the reception desk and I asked the girl there whether somebody had come to see me and she said 'yes, the man who just left, he's a policeman from Namaka'.

"On Wednesday, after they had come three times, I went to the police station. I reported the matter to the police. I told them there were officers coming around and the guy there said to me he hadn't sent anybody."

He said he left his mobile contacts and whereabouts with the police there, and advised them that should the officers want to speak with him, they were welcome to do so.

Assistant police commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said yesterday if Rika wanted answers, he was welcome to seek them from the police force.

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