27 Feb 2017

Calls in Fiji for parliamentary inquiry into police brutality

From , 4:04 pm on 27 February 2017

An opposition politician in Fiji is calling for an independent parliamentary committee to investigate the state's responses to police brutality.

The police force has been plagued by regular cases of brutality and torture, most recently involving a teenager who died in a police custody nearly two weeks ago.

But the leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, says many investigations are often mishandled and the public is losing faith in the police force.

He told Jamie Tahana that an independent inquiry can call witnesses, establish whether abuses have been dealt with fairly, and work out an appropriate action plan.

Fiji police.

Fiji police. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades