Alleged police brutality: Qiliho to personally oversee investigations

Police commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho (left) and SSP Aporosa Lutunauga during the press conference on police crime stats of 2017. Picture: RAMA

Police commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho (left) during a press conference. Picture: RAMA/FILE

POLICE Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says he will personally oversee investigations into alleged police brutality in Navua where officers allegedly poured hot water on a suspect.

In a statement issued last night, he said the officers allegedly seriously harmed a suspect brought in for questioning at the Navua Police Station earlier this week.

“I have directed the director of internal affairs to conduct a thorough investigation and to determine the extent of the involvement of police officer(s), who the victim is claiming had arrested him from his home in Navua and during the questioning process had poured hot water on him whereby he sustained burns,” he said.

“This alleged act, if found to be true, is unacceptable and deplorable, and I will not allow any member of the Fiji Police Force to think that he or she is above the law.

“I have sent this warning to the senior officers on the frontline that there is no place in this institution for corrupt and irresponsible officers whose actions have tarnished the image of the institution and the hard and honest work put in by many other officers.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho said police officers were well versed with their roles in upholding and respecting the rights of those brought into custody.

He said any officer whose actions contravened those rights would be dealt with severely through internal disciplinary processes and brought before the court of law to answer to their crime.

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