Narayan pays tribute to Hughes

Andrew Hughes, the Australian appointed to run Fiji's police force in the wake of the 2000 coup, died aged 62 earlier this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

FORMER Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan says he is saddened by the death of former Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force Andrew Hughes earlier this week.

Speaking from his home in Nadi, Mr Narayan said the death of Mr Hughes was a huge loss for the police fraternity.

“During his term as Commissioner of Police, he was very much admired and he led by example for every policeman and woman who were part of the force,” he said.

“It’s really sad news for us and his passing is a huge loss to not only his family and friends but to every person who he worked with.” He said he also learned from the Australian while they served together.

“I learnt a lot from him especially when we served together in the UN when he was chief police adviser.

“His work ethic and his passion for the job is something that set him apart.

“While in Fiji, he really made an impact on the Fiji Police Force and his legacy lives on in our current force.

“I want to send my sincere condolences to his family especially to his wife and his two boys.

“Mr Hughes will be deeply missed.”

Mr Hughes was a high ranking officer with the Australian Federal Police before taking up the top job in Fiji in 2003. He died in Cairns on Tuesday after suffering from bowel cancer.

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