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Police probe

Shalveen Chand
Friday, July 18, 2014

POLICE Commissioner Benardus Groenewald says he will investigate reports against police officers and if such reports were made in the past, he will look into them.

He already stated corruption would not be tolerated under his leadership.

"If I have crime references I will definitely go back," Mr Groenewald said.

"In fact, I have identified two cases, one in Nadi and one in Sigatoka. In fact, these cases were seven years old and these cases are now pending in court.

"But these cases are not against policemen. According to the community, these cases were not looked after properly."

Mr Groenewald said if there were cases or reports and if there were reference numbers leading to reports, he would have a look at them.

In 2010, there were some reports made against police officers by police officers at the Totogo Police Station in Suva.

Complaints such as police officers allegedly perverting the cause of justice to help Saimoni Rokotunidau, a convicted robber be drafted into the police while his cases were still being heard in the High Court were made.

In another complaint, a senior police officer is alleged to have ordered the police accounts department to start paying 63 special constables before their applications were processed, and one of the special constables was charged with murder.

There was also a complaint against police officers who removed a human skull from the exhibit room at Lautoka Police Station and buried it in Sabeto.

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