Corrections officer terminated, five suspended – over alleged assault on a remand inmate

Commissioner of Corrections Commander Francis Kean (right) and President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa at a recent official event on the signing of an MoU to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation of ex-offenders who are members of the Methodist Church. Picture: FT FILE/ATU RASEA

THE Fiji Corrections Service has terminated the contract of one of its officers and suspended five others following their alleged involvement in the brutal beating of an inmate.

Confirming this, Corrections Commander Francis Kean said the alleged incident occurred at the Suva Remand Centre on October 10, 2018.

“We have concluded our internal investigations, which resulted in the termination of one personnel plus the suspension of five others, pending the outcome of the police investigation,” Cdr Kean said in a statement issued a short moment ago.

He said the incident was reported to the Totogo Police Station in Suva on Friday last week, based on the outcomes of their internal investigations.

“The Police are currently investigating this incident. The remandee, Sefanaia Turagadamudamu, was attended to by the FCS senior medical officer and also referred to the CWM hospital for further medical examination soon after the incident.

“The FCS has a zero tolerance on the assault of prisoners and strongly condemns the actions of a few rogue personnel who have tarnished the good work currently being undertaken by the majority of the officers, men, and women of the service.”

* The original article the FCS responded to –

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