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Litia Vulaidausiga
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE three daughters of Vilikesa Soko, a robbery suspect who died in police custody last week, still can't accept his demise.

"His children have not accepted his death, and we don't accept it at all because it was not natural," deceased's father Jeremia Soko said at the Lautoka Hospital mortuary yesterday.

"It was by brutality," he claimed.

The body of the 33-year-old left for Suva yesterday, accompanied by relatives for his burial at Nasinu today.

Mr Soko said his family had not been offered assistance, financial or otherwise, by the police to transport his son's body to Suva, though he died in their custody.

He acknowledged, however, the force presented their i reguregu to his family in Kalabu last week.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said a team dispatched to the Western Division last week were still conducting their investigations.

Despite earlier claims by Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald the suspect was known to be sickly, Mr Soko had maintained his late son was assaulted by police officers.

The police have launched a criminal investigation into the matter.

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