30 May 2007

Mother of slain boy in Fiji says police using delaying tactics in investigating killing

4:14 am on 30 May 2007

Police in Fiji say key information gathered about the fatal beating of a teenager earlier this year has been lost.

The police had agreed to investigate the murder of nineteen-year-old Sakiusa Rabaka, who died after being seized by the military.

But they now say statements collected from suspects and eyewitnesses will have to be taken again because the original recordings no longer exist, according to the news website Fijilive.

The report says the Acting Police Commissioner in Fiji, Romanu Tikotikoca, is describing the problem with the recordings as a malfunction.

The teenager's mother says she is shocked the police have still not wrapped up the investigation.

She says the police are using delaying tactics and if they ask her or her family for another interview she will refuse.