28 Oct 2015

Search for Fiji man eluding police ongoing

2:23 pm on 28 October 2015

The Fiji police say they have made no progress in tracking down a former member of the military who is on bail and wanted in relation to the beating of two prison escapees.

Four people who have been charged in connection with the 2012 beating appeared in court today where they applied for bail.

The matter has been adjourned until Friday for a bail ruling. The men remain remanded in custody.

They are Sanita Laqenasici, Jona Davonu, and Semesi Naduka, who are police officers, and Filimone Catimaibulu, who is a soldier.

Pita Matairavula, the fifth suspect, is yet to be arrested.

He was granted bail earlier this year following another court case in which he was among nine people charged with the manslaughter and rape of a man while he was in police custody.

A police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, says she cannot go into detail about what the police are doing to search for Pita Matairavula.

"We're still continuing our search for him as we speak. There has been no progress so far but there hasn't been any changes in the momentum as we search for him. At this point we can't really go into details - it's all part of our ongoing operation."

Ana Naisoro says Pita Matairavula, who was the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's personal security guard, is not getting any special protection.

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

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