17 Oct 2007

Fiji police blame judiciary for aiding offenders

9:58 am on 17 October 2007

The Fiji Police Force has expressed serious concern about the judiciary's role in containing violent crime in the country after the High Court granted bail to four robbery suspects on Monday.

The police spokesman, Assistant Superintendent Isikeli Ligairi, has told the Fiji Sun, that while the law says that a person is innocent until proven guilty, police are concerned with the circumstances in which the four suspects were granted bail.

He says past experience shows that most offenders commit crimes when they are bail and the police become the scapegoat of such actions by other stakeholders in the justice system.

ASP Ligairi says although the responsibility for preventing offences lies with the police, the actions of the courts place a burden on the workload the police already have.

He says criminals find themselves in a comfort zone when granted bail and it stimulates them to continue committing crimes in the belief that the courts are behind them.