6 Oct 2016

Fiji court looks at evidence and jury members ahead of police rape trial

9:27 am on 6 October 2016

A judge at the Lautoka High Court in Fiji is deliberating on evidence and jury members ahead of next week's trial of policemen and a military officer charged with rape.

The nine are charged with raping a civilian, Vilikesa Soko, who subsequently died of his injuries sustained in police custody in 2014.

Two of the policemen are also facing a charge of defeating the course of justice for allegedly instructing other police officers to make false statements.

This week the court has held a voir dire hearing to decide on whether some pieces of evidence were correctly obtained.

It has also heard submissions over the make-up of the jury.

That hearing concluded today and the judge is expected to deliver a decision on Friday.

The trial of the nine men is expected to begin next week and to last three weeks.

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Photo: Fiji Government

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