Secretariat: Let police investigate

Opposition member of parliament Pio Tikoduadua at the Totogo Police Station. Picture: RAMA/FILE

THE Parliament secretariat will not interfere with police investigations on the alleged assault on member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

It is alleged that Mr Bainimarama assaulted National Federation Party president and MP Pio Tikoduadua outside Parliament last Friday.

Secretary general to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua said, “We will not release any information because the complainant has lodged a complaint with police.

We will allow the police to do their work and we are not saying anything further, this is the same stance for the Speaker of Parliament,” she said.

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said in Parliament last week that he would only deliver a ruling on a matter he witnessed.

“I can’t make a ruling if I haven’t witnessed anything. That is why the normal procedures should happen that the honourable Tikoduadua put in a report to whatever authorities he thinks the report should go to. That’s the normal procedure,” he said.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho couldn’t be reached for comments when this edition went to press last night.

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