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Justice for my angel

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, June 30, 2014

EMOSI Serukasari will do anything, even if it means seeking overseas assistance, for the sake of his daughter, the late Sereima Berwick.

The Nabouciwa man revealed his sadness at the ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions that his daughter had died of suicide and not of rape and murder.

"We had expected this kind of judgment because this was not the first time. They did it the first time Sereima passed on in 2007 where investigation we know for sure was not done," Mr Serukasari said.

"I was not in the village at the time but I believed nothing was done to the case and my family said the only person interviewed was the village headman.

"Whenever we would ask, they would say that they were progressing with the investigations.

"When the case was closed, we were not aware. We only knew when we went to ask."

Mr Serukasari said a woman had advised him to visit the PM's Office complaints department and it was two years after the death of Sereima that they tried to reopen the case with the hope of pursuing justice.

He said his family would ask the DPP for the investigation file.

"My family will request to see the investigation file because it is our right and we want to confirm if investigations had really been carried out.

"Now that police are saying that there is no evidence, we are ready to show police now that we have evidence."

Mr Serukasari claimed there was no investigation and this was why they ordered for the case to be investigated again.

"If DPP would not do anything, we will try international assistance and we will do the best until we know that justice is done.

"I believe this thing can go overseas and I have faith that I can reach that stage just to pursue justice for the sake of my daughter."

Police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said he supported the investigation done by his men.

"If there is any other evidence people know about that case, we can pursue but as of now we will maintain the findings of the investigation and the decision on the analysis done by the DPP," Mr Tudravu said.

"If any other thing may come up we are ready but as of now we stand by the decision.

"It is right to go further and see the DPP again and ask for all these things but from our side, we supported the work done by our investigators and their findings and also that is the DPP, which is our adviser on these matters."

ACP Tudravu said police would not be able to provide the investigation files to the family because they were confidential, adding that suspects were given copies of their interviews and disclosures.


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