Three constables charged for alleged brutality
November 20, 2019 7:12 am
Three police constables have been charged for their alleged involvement in police brutality in Navua.
The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions after reviewing the investigation file has sanctioned that all 3 officers be charged with one count of Act Intended to Cause Grievous Harm according to Section 255(a) of the Crimes Act 2009.
All accused will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court tomorrow.
The Police Force says a thorough investigation was conducted whereby an alleged case of bribery was also uncovered.
As a result, the charge of perverting the cause of justice is likely to be explored.
Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has also directed the immediate interdiction of all three police constables as they await the outcome of their court case.
He says a parallel internal investigation is being conducted whereby they will also face our internal disciplinary tribunal proceedings.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission found that there were alleged excessive use of force during the arrest, assault and in the course of the suspect’s interrogation.
Commission Director Ashwin Raj says the alleged assault resulted in 15% superficial scalding burns on the suspect’s back and arms.
The suspect also sustained fractures on his ribs and a hairline fracture on his right ankle.
The Commission further found that the officers who perpetrated the alleged acts of violence also made efforts to cover up their actions.