21 Oct 2015

Five Fiji men charged over torture video

2:24 pm on 21 October 2015

Fiji's director of public prosecutions has charged three police officers and two military personnel for the beating of a man which was shown in a video leaked online.

Video footage of a man allegedly being beaten by Fiji security personnel in 2012.

Video footage of a man allegedly being beaten by Fiji security personnel in 2012. Photo: RNZ

The video showed Iowane Benedito and another man handcuffed and being beaten by police officers in November 2012 after they were recaptured following their escape from prison.

The video received worldwide condemnation.

The director, Christopher Pryde, says four men are in custody and will appear in the Suva Magistrate's Court tomorrow after they were charged with unlawfully and indecently assaulting Mr Benedito.

The four are Sanita Laqenasici, Jona Davonu, Semesi Naduka and Filimone Catimaibulu.

He says police are continuing to look for a fifth suspect, Pita Matairavalua.

Mr Pryde has commended police for completing what he says was a difficult investigation.

Christopher Pryde, Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions

Christopher Pryde, Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions Photo: Supplied

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