28 Aug 2007

Fiji police yet to determine cause of death of taxi driver

9:20 am on 28 August 2007

A team of police in Fiji is investigating the death of a taxi-driver on the weekend and say they are yet to determine whether he was murdered.

Assistant superintendent, Ulaiasi Ravula, says the team is keeping an open mind as to what happened but the Fiji Taxi Union says the 25 year old driver, Murad Buksh, was brutally killed in the third such incident in six months.

Its led to calls to re-arm police in the face of thugs who show no sign of fear of police.

Assistant superintendent Ravula says that's a decision for management to make but the crimes are adhoc and not a sign of organised activity, and police are coping.

He says they expect results on this latest crime shortly.

"We're keeping an open approach but all I can say is that I would like to assure the public that a dedicated team is on the ground, looking at all available avenues and prospects. We expect to have findings and results very soon, say in the next 24 or 48 hours or so."

Assistant superintendent Ulaiasi Ravula.