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Police officers released on bail

February 22, 2021 4:47 pm

Five police officers who allegedly planted a bag containing methamphetamine in a vehicle appeared in the Suva Magistrates court.

Police constable, Rusiate Tuga Ralase, Simione Basulu, Inspector Apisalome Vesikula, Samuela Antonio and Constable Orisi Tukana are jointly charged with one count of conspiracy to defeat justice.

Police constable’s Ralase and Basulu face an additional charge of abuse of office for allegedly arresting the complainant without any lawful basis and in abuse of their office which was an arbitrary act.

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It is alleged that on 25th April last year the five conspired with each other knowingly and maliciously accused a 23- year- old of an offense under the Illicit Drugs and Control Act 2005.

On the same day without any lawful basis Ralase and Basulu arrested the complainant in the abuse of the authority of their office which was arbitrary and prejudicial.

They have been released on $500 bail bond this afternoon on their own recognition.

They have been ordered not to interfere with any of the witness and not to commit any offense while on bail

The case has been adjourned to 23rd April for plea.

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