1 Apr 2005

Fiji police won't comment on probe comments

1:27 pm on 1 April 2005

Fiji's police say a suspended officer, who is demanding an inquiry into corruption in the force, is facing a number of disciplinary charges.

Inspector Nasir Ali faces twelve charges relating to his behaviour once he was removed from an investigation into the 13-million US dollar agriculture ministry scam.

Inspector Ali has written to President Josefa Iloilo asking for a commission of inquiry into what he claims is top-level corruption in the force.

In a 200-page report, he alleges collusion between top police officers and directors of companies involved in the scam.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, says Mr Ali's facing one charge of being disrespectful in words and demeanour, ten charges of disobedience of lawful order and one charge of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force.

"One count of disobedience of lawful order has been determined and he was fined two day's pay and severely reprimanded. The others are still in progress, he's calling all sorts of witnesses so it's going to take some time, it seems."

Mr Hughes declined to comment on Mr Ali's allegations.