30 May 2007

Fiji police apologise over loss of information in Rabaka probe

1:33 pm on 30 May 2007

The acting police commissioner of Fiji, Romanu Tikotikoca, has apologised to the parents of a teenager over problems with the investigation into his death earlier this year.

The police had agreed to investigate the death of nineteen-year-old Sakiusa Rabaka, who died after being seized by the military.

However, yesterday the acting police commissioner told the fijilive website that the original recordings of the witness statements no longer existed.

He attributed the loss of the information to what he described as a malfunction.

Mr Tikotikoca has now told the fijivillage website that they have recorded the statements of the suspects again.

Yesterday, the teenager's mother said she would refuse to be questioned again.

Mr Tikotikoca says the file of the Rabaka death will go to the prosecutor this week.

He says police are treating the man's death as murder.