9 Apr 2012

Fiji police officers accused of theft during floods

3:07 pm on 9 April 2012

Seven Fiji police officers have appeared in court charged with stealing groceries from a supermarket during the recent floods.

According to the Fiji Sun, the officers appeared in a special court sitting in Lautoka on Sunday and were freed on bail until their next appearance.

The police commissioner, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua, says the alleged incident is a betrayal of trust and the police force has no place for ill-disciplined and unscrupulous officers.

Meanwhile, aid agencies in Fiji are working to supply safe water to the thousands of people displaced by the flooding.

Five people died in floodwaters on the main island of Viti Levu, and 11,000 are sheltering in evacuation centres, still unable to return to their homes.

Samantha Coco-Klein of Unicef Pacific says many of those affected by the floods do not have access to clean water and disease might spread.