5 Apr 2016

Ransacking the latest disturbance for Fiji lawyer

10:32 am on 5 April 2016

A Fiji lawyer whose Lautoka office was ransacked during the Easter break says it's just the latest in a series of intimidations towards him and colleagues.

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Photo: Fiji Police

Aman Ravindra-Singh said his entire office was trashed in the Good Friday break-in, and that those responsible went through most of his legal files.

He said that when he saw the state of his office, it made for a disturbing sight.

"The staff and I are auditing all that may be missing. We have compiled a list. Until I give that list to the police, I won't make it public yet," he said.

"But I can confirm there are certain things missing from the office. And we are still going through files, we need to determine what has gone missing."

Mr Ravindra-Singh is representing dozens of people facing trial on charges of sedition, and has been outspoken about alleged human rights abuses by government forces.

Last year, he also filed an official complaint, alleging that his staff were tortured by security forces, and that he had been harassed.

"In the last so many months, those responsible for the intimidation and harassment, beatings, brutality and torture, it all points to the same band of people, and those are the members of the security forces. There are no other groups in this country who conduct themselves, intimidating, harassing or torturing people," he said.

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