Additional charges

ADDITIONAL charges have been filed by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions against the police and military officers involved in the death of Vilikesa Soko.

Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde said in a statement he had decided to file additional charges following a review of the case.

Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Pita Matairavula and Senitiki Natakasavu will now also face the following additional charges of attempted rape and sexual assault of Senijeli Boila and sexual assault of Soko.

Mr Pryde said he had no choice but to seek to have those officers’ bail revoked so they may be remanded in custody for the duration of the proceedings in order to protect the integrity of the prosecution case.

“The application to have the court revoke bail was based on the additional counts making the overall criminality more serious.

“I am also extremely concerned that a number of these accused officers have been reinstated to the police force after they had been suspended as this represents a real risk of interference with the State’s case,” he said.

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