There should be no hindrance – Rabuka

NFP opposition members of parliament Biman Prasad (left),Pio Tikoduadua and Lenora Qereqeretabua outside the parliament on the day the alleged assault took place. Picture: RAMA

THERE should be no hindrance for witnesses willing to give evidence on allegations of assault against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside Parliament last Friday, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

It is alleged Mr Bainimarama had physically and verbally assaulted Mr Tikoduadua outside Parliament after a heated exchange on a motion to establish a Special Parliament Committee to oversee the drug problem in Fiji.

“I am deeply concerned about the serious allegation announced, and a criminal complaint filed against Prime Minister Bainimarama by honourable Pio Tikoduadua, member of Parliament and president of the National Federation Party,” Mr Rabuka said.

“The prime minister, as a national leader, must be beyond question and must practise the integrity and decorum required of such high office and as a national leader.

“Most importantly he must respect the rule of law at all times and be a role model for all the people of Fiji.”

The party, he said, did not condone any form of assault or violence against any citizen.

“As the matter is now under investigation by the police, it would be premature to predetermine due process. Therefore, due process must be allowed to take its course, to ensure justice is done, and without prejudice to the rights of the honourable Prime Minister or any other accused person being investigated by police. By the same token, we urge the Prime Minister to make himself available to the police for interview. There should be no hindrance for those witnesses who have evidence to present themselves to the police for interview.

“Most importantly, any material relevant to the matter should be released to the police to assist in their investigation.”

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