1 Apr 2005

Suspended Fiji police officer demands inquiry into police corruption

8:31 am on 1 April 2005

A suspended Fiji police officer has written to President Iloilo asking for a commission of inquiry into his allegations of corrupt practices within the top hierarchy of the force.

The Daily Post reports that the 200 pages of allegations, made by Inspector Nasir Ali, allege collusion between some top police officers and directors of companies involved in the US$13 million agriculture ministry scam.

The report says certain senior officers had successfully sought the removal of Inspector Ali as the lead detective in the scam investigation, and says how the same officers had sought to protect the directors of two hardware companies.

The same officers had also helped one of the directors implicated in the scam to flee the country.

It goes on to allege the involvement of senior officers in a police pay scam and of misconduct which are criminal in nature.

In his report, Inspector Ali asks why the hardware company directors and ministers of the former interim administration implicated in the scam have not been charged.

Inspector Ali was suspended after he refused to be transferred out of the agriculture scam investigation.

He has copied his report to the vice president, the prime minister, relevant cabinet ministers, the military commander, the Australian and New Zealand high commissioners, the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office and Transparency International.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, has declined to comment.