19 Sep 2002

Fiji's Labour party calls for police to change to open system

11:20 am on 19 September 2002

Fiji's Labour party is calling for police to move to an open and transparent system over complaints alleging police brutality.

John Ali, the party's administration officer, was commenting after two brothers said that they were brutally beaten at the weekend by four police officers at Valelevu station.

He says there's been a lack of leadership from the commissioner, Isikia Savua, and some police feel they can do anything they want and get away with it.

Mr Ali says the police force needs to change the way it deals with the public.

"I think there is a need for an open and transparent system, where people would know what happened to their complaint and what happened to those people who were accused, like these police officers were accused, of assault and other unlawful conduct."

Mr Ali is asking for the immediate suspension of the four officers involved in the latest incident while an investigation takes place.