24 Apr 2008

Fiji police says officers' life sentences are fair

4:22 pm on 24 April 2008

The Fiji Police say they respect the high court ruling that gave life sentences to two police officers for murdering Tevita Malasebe.

The police had taken the 30-year old man from his home in June last year on suspicion of criminal activity .

His mother found him dead at a Suva hospital the following day.

Yesterday, the high court gave life sentences to two officers for murdering him, while a sergeant received a two-year prison sentence for concealing the actions of his men.

Five others were acquitted.

A police spokesperson, Ema Mua, says the police think the ruling was fair.

"We are happy with the ruling from the court. We stand by the court's ruling. We know it's fair. And as for the five acquitted, there are opportunities for them to come back to into the force."

Ema Mua says they will offer counselling to the families of the convicted officers.