11 Jul 2007

Fiji DPP tightlipped on progress of Malasebe death case

8:04 pm on 11 July 2007

The Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions in Fiji has declined to say whether charges will be laid in the case of a man allegedly beaten to death while in police custody.

Tevita Malasebe died in June, just hours after being taken into police custody.

The cases of Nilimote Verebasaga and Sakiusa Rabaka, who both died after being allegedly beaten by soldiers, are also before the DPP but no comment is being made about these cases either.

The Police Assistant Superintendent, Ulaiasi Ravula, says the police force doesn't condone violence, although none of the nine officers being investigated for the death of Mr Malasebe have been suspended.

"I think the best indicator of opposition against violence is that we've taken serious approaches into the investigations of these cases. and those that have been implicated have been taken to task and should the advice come back from the director of public prosecutions, we should be commencing with the prosecution phase soon after that."

The Police Assistant Superintendent, Ulaiasi Ravula.