12 Feb 2015

Investigation into Fiji torture video "completed"

3:08 pm on 12 February 2015

Fiji's police commissioner says the investigation into a 2013 video showing two men being beaten by security personnel has been completed.

The video, released in March 2013, showed the prolonged beating of two recaptured prisoners, and prompted international condemnation and calls for investigation.

Video footage of a man allegedly being beaten by Fiji security personnel in 2012.

Video footage of a man allegedly being beaten by Fiji security personnel in 2012. Photo: RNZ

The case was closed last July, before being reopened a week later by newly-appointed commissioner Ben Groenewald.

Mr Groenewald says the case was recently completed and submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but it was referred back to police.

"The case has been completely investigated and submitted to the office of the DPP for decision, he referred the case docket back to us with one query and that was the submission of specific medical reports on the victim."

Ben Groenewald says he hopes the file will be resubmitted in a few weeks.

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