26 Aug 2010

Fiji police commander Teleni quits

1:28 pm on 26 August 2010

The Police Commissioner in Fiji has resigned.

Commodore Esala Teleni says he believes he has made a significant contribution to the police force, however, it is now time for him to consider further career opportunities.

Earlier this month the editor of Fijilive was taken in for questioning, over a report alleging Commodore Teleni had been arrested.

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Information Sharon Smith Johns acknowledges there's been speculation surrounding the Police Commissioner's role but says it was Commodore Teleni's own decision to resign.

"I don't think there was any motive behind it. He's been with the police force for the last three years. And you know it's his decision after three years to go onto greener pastures. As I said, you know, it comes down to a personal decision made by the Commodore."

Sharon Smith Johns says the government will soon post an advertisement to find a suitable replacement for Commodore Teleni.

The Deputy Police Commissioner Joeli Baleilevuka will be standing in as Acting Commissioner until a replacement is found.