9 Dec 2016

Fiji Labour Party wants justice for tortured

3:20 pm on 9 December 2016

The Fiji Labour Party says it wants justice for the families of victims of torture.

Its leader Mahendra Chaudhry told the Fiji Times the government should provide legal aid assistance to these families to seek redress in a court of law.

Mr Chaudhry expressed concern that nothing had been done in some cases where lives were lost after being brutally assaulted by security forces.

In one case an escaped prisoner, Josefa Baleiloa, was allegedly assaulted by police and prison officers in a suburb of Suva in 2008.

The leader of Fiji's Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry

Mahendra Chandhry's FLP wants justice for families of victims of torture Photo: AFP

An Amnesty International report found there was no evidence to suggest police investigated the man's death and no charges had been laid.

His father Nimilote Baleiloa is now seeking justice for his son's death.

Police have told him to bring his late son's birth and death certificates and other supporting documents to enable him to lodge a report for an investigation into the death.

Mr Chaudhry said he was amazed that police had asked Josefa Baleiloa's father to produce his late son's birth and death certificates before he could lodge a report.

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