30 Oct 2007

Fiji - 8 soldiers, 1 policeman charged with Rabaka murder

6:09 am on 30 October 2007

Eight Fiji soldiers and a policeman have been charged with murder for the death of Nadi teenager Sakiusa Rabaka early this year.

The charges were laid late yesterday by the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions after the nine were prevented from leaving at the weekend for a United Nations assignment in Iraq.

The nine have also been charged with assault causing actual bodily injuries.

In a statement, the DPP's Office says they have been having difficulties in processing the suspects who will now appear in court on November the 23rd.

The statement says they decided to file charges late last week after finding that the nine were on the verge of leaving for Iraq.

It says the intervention took place to assist the processing of the suspects and initiate fair legal proceedings.

The statement says they hope the action will go in some way to restoring a measure of public confidence in the administration of criminal justice in the country.