Use of terms a crime under draft Bill

A Police officer checks a vehicle at a checkpoint during curfew hours. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI POLICE

IT will be a crime to use the terms “police” or “Fiji police” and “Fiji Police Force”, states the draft Police Bill 2020.

The Ministry of Defence and National Security is now seeking public submissions on the draft Bill before it is endorsed by Cabinet and sent to Parliament.

The draft Bill states a person commits an offence if he or she uses the words “police”, “Fiji police” or “Fiji Police Force” “in a manner likely to lead a person to believe that the activity is endorsed or authorised by the police or any part of the police.

“A person who commits an offence against this section is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to a fine not exceeding $10,000, or to both.”

A business organisation will cop a fine not exceeding $100,000.

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