POLICE investigations into the fatal shooting of four men in a fish factory almost nine years ago are continuing.
Criminal Investigations Department director Senior Superintendent of Police Vakacegu Toduadua said the case file was still open, but police still did not have a lead in connection with the deaths of three Asians and a Fijian.
SSP Vakacegu said the modus operandi in the August 2003 killings pointed to the involvement of foreign elements.
"Hired assassins from foreign countries are coming to Fiji to kill and then they go away," he said of the August 2003 killings at the Live Fish Export (Fiji) Limited factory in Wailada, Lami.
SSP Toduadua said they were working with Interpol to solve the shooting. The bodies of the four men were removed from the fish factory on the evening of August 23 in 2003 almost 24 hours after they were shot to death.
The body of the Fijian who worked at the factory as a watchman and lived there was found in a processing room while a young Chinese man's body was found in an adjacent processing room.
The police had said then the bodies of two elderly Chinese men were found in their bedrooms upstairs.
A post-mortem examination confirmed the four men died of gunshot wounds.
The Fijian who was shot with the three Chinese was then identified by police as Rupeni Talakuli, 26, of Wailevu in Cakaudrove.