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Police opens murder case

Mere Naleba
Thursday, August 20, 2015

POLICE have confirmed the Asian national whose body was rescued from the Chinese fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu #557 was murdered.

The deceased was with 63 other crew members of the vessel that was grounded on Mabulica reef in Gau last Thursday.

The suspect was also on board the vessel and was taken in by police soon after the crew members arrived in Suva on board the MV Lomaiviti Princess II late Friday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed police had established the deceased was killed.

However, she could not confirm whether police had boarded the fishing vessel to carry out investigations.

The suspect has been in custody since Friday.

Ms Naisoro said the police was granted a court order to hold the suspect for questioning for more than 48 hours as per procedures.

Yesterday entered day six of the suspect being kept in police custody.

The Lomaiviti Princess II was nine hours into its trip to Cicia Island, Lau, when it detoured to rescue 64 crew members of the stricken vessel.

The captain received the destress call at 5.05am on Friday

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