Fiji Time: 9:42 AM on Thursday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Inquiry into video

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE Fiji Navy has confirmed that the unverified video posted on social networking site YouTube showing two men allegedly shot to death at sea does not involve Fiji citizens.

Navy Commander Captain John Fox told this newspaper yesterday that they were able to verify that the two men in the video were not Fijians.

"We are aware of the video and we conducted our investigations," he said.

"I can't say how we were able to verify the information but I can confirm that they are not Fiji citizens."

The Fiji Police Force also confirmed they were investigating the video.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said on Monday night police needed to verify all information before releasing any further details.

"It's a very sensitive matter and we want to verify the allegations first before we release anything," he said.

"All we can say at this point is that we are launching our investigations."

So far, no reports of missing Fijian fishermen have been reported to police.

The 10 minute 27 second video was posted on Monday afternoon by YouTube user "Live Leeak".

Titled Fishing vessel Fijian crew gettin shot, outside Fiji waters, the video shows two men desperately clinging to a piece of wreckage while trying to dodge bullets shot by a group of men aboard a larger vessel.

The person behind the camera then turns to the group on the ship, clearly showing Asian men who also brandished mobile phones and were documenting the incident.

Overseas reports stated that New Zealand authorities have also been alerted to the incident while YouTube has been contacted to assist in identifying the person who uploaded the video.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Unapproved move
  2. Nadolo out
  3. No rush
  4. Ruggers to shave
  5. School observe Diwali in style
  6. Auditor cites poor record keeping
  7. Pink morning fundraiser
  8. Fish spawning critical
  9. Diwali treat for elderly
  10. Call to protect resources

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  5. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  6. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  8. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  9. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)