7 Nov 2012

Further reports of prisoner mistreatment in Fiji

5:12 am on 7 November 2012

The police in Fiji say they still haven't received a medical report on the injuries received by five escaped prisoners during their recapture in late September and can't say when it will be finished.

There have now been unconfirmed reports that some of the men were also scolded with hot water.

Bridget Tunnicliffe reports:

"At least four of the men were hospitalised, including one who had to have his leg amputated after being apprehended in a joint operation by police and soldiers. There are concerns that those who have been remanded for harbouring and aiding them are still in custody and have been mistreated as well. The assistant commissioner of police, Rusiate Tudravu, says any claims should be brought to them and they are a transparent organisation. He advised calling the hospital about progress with the medical report but the medical superintendent at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital referred inquiries back to the police. Despite its role in the recapture of the escapees, the military says it's not carrying out an investigation."