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Police launches criminal investigation

Friday, August 22, 2014

Update: 10:40PM FIJI'S Police commissioner Ben Groenewald has launched a criminal investigation into the death of Viliame Soko, the robbery suspect who died in their custody at the Lautoka hospital on Wednesday night.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mr Groenewald said while they could not release the details of privileged evidence, reasoning it formed a part of the sub-judicate investigation, added no stones would be left unturned.

"I want to state very clearly that under my leadership, the Fiji Police Force will not tolerate any misconduct by its officers, including the use of excessive force," the police commissioner said.

"If there is any concrete evidence of police wrongdoing, I will not hesitate to suspend, indict or terminate their duties.

"This man's family deserves to see justice for what happened to their son and I am determined to see this done."

Mr Groenewald has tasked a senior officer who initially investigated this matter to be the lead investigator on the criminal case.

More details, including interviews with the father will be published in The Fiji Times tomorrow, Saturday August 23.

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