Special attention for officers

Police officers Selema Tikoenaburevere (front) and Kelepi Kolinisau (2nd from left) escorted by the police officers to the magistrates court for alledged murder. Picture: RAMA

MAGISTRATE Asaga Bodaragama yesterday ordered the two police officers who allegedly caused the death of a man to be kept at the Suva Remand Centre away from other remandees.

He also said special attention must be given to the two officers.

Kelepi Duri Tautaumacala Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court.

The two allegedly murdered 26-year-old Joseua Lalauvaki after an argument outside a nightclub in Suva on September 2 this year. They are charged with one count each of murder.

Mr Bodaragama made the above ruling after the duo’s counsel, Mele Ratidara, requested the court to grant bail to the two officers in order to ensure their safety and security.

Ms Ratidara said the two officers were part of the operations that had conducted investigations against some of the accused persons who were now remanded at the Suva Remand Centre.

Ms Ratidara also said the wife of the first accused person was pregnant.

State counsel Meli Vosawale objected to bail on the basis that one of the potential witnesses is the brother of the deceased who is also an officer of the Fiji Corrections Service.

Mr Vosawale said the case was serious and it must be transferred to the High Court.

Mr Bodaragama in his ruling also highlighted that the charge was serious in nature and that the question of the security of the community could be questioned if the officers were to be released on bail.

The case has been transferred to the High Court and will be listed as first call on November 30.

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