8 Nov 2007

Fiji police accused of threatening DPP

7:00 pm on 8 November 2007

It's been confirmed that Fiji police threatened the director of public prosecutions, Josaia Naigulevu, and his assistant Asishna Prasad with arrest and criminal charges.

A statement from the DPP's office says the threat was made by the assistant commissioner of police, crime, Nasir Ali, and his investigators.

The statement says threats of arrest and criminal charges for allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice were made by the police.

The DPP's Office says it views these threats as a direct attack on the independence of the office and treats them very seriously.

The DPP's statement has cautioned police to follow established procedures and leave decisions to prosecute to the DPP and his staff based on evidence, the law and the director's guidelines.

Earlier Mr Naigulevu had denied that police had threatened him and his assistant.

On Tuesday a murder suspect, Australian national Simon McCartney, walked free after police rushed his case to court without consulting the DPP.