Police to pay $45k for torture and assault


THREE police officers and the Commissioner of Police have been ordered to pay $45,000 in damages and $10,000 jointly as court costs to a man who claimed he was assaulted and tortured at the Nadi Police Station in May 2002.

The Fiji Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the High Court in Lautoka delivered on November 8, 2019, that found the three officers had assaulted and tortured Narendra Michael.

The three officers and the Commissioner of Police had appealed the decision of the High Court on five grounds that included the injuries on Mr Michael were based on “inconclusive medical evidence”.

Court of Appeal judge Justice Susantha Lecamwasam took a look at Dr Akhtar Ali, a consultant surgeon’s testimony on the medical report of Mr Michael.

“His evidence confirms the content of the medical report which found injuries on the body of the respondent (Mr Michael), which were consistent with the alleged actions of the assault and torture on the part of the appellants,” stated Justice Lecamwasam in his ruling.

An additional $10,000 in court costs is to be paid by the officers and the Police Commissioner.

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