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Nauru’s Inspector Capelle on attachment with Fiji Police Force

Inspector Capelle is on attachment with Fiji Police while his wife is pursuing further studies in the country.

He has served in the Nauru Police Force for over 10-years in the field of operations.

The Fiji Police and Nauru Police currently have a Memorandum of Agreement to enhance police-to-police co-operation between the two institutions.

 

Photo Fiji Police Force Caption: Inspector Brown Capelle attends the training with his Fijian counterparts 

     

Alleged police brutality in Fiji investigated

Police said they are aware of a social media post by the deceased who had outlined how he was allegedly assaulted by 'a civilian'.

Ilaisa Batai claimed he was taken in a police vehicle following the incident.

In his post on 10 August, Batai also claimed he was informed by Nausori police officers that the civilian was a police officer.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they were awaiting results of a post-mortem examination to ascertain the cause of Batai's death last week.

8 Fiji police officers charged over Tavua beating

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said the officers face 24 charges in total.

They consist of assault causing actual bodily harm, an act intended to cause greivous bodily harm, and aiding and abetting.

They're also charged with giving a false statment, conspiracy to defeat justice and intereference with witnesses.

They willl appear in court for first mention on Friday.

In data released this week, the ODPP said 13 police officers have been charged with a range of offences in the past month alone.

Rights commission looking into Fiji police brutality claim

The commission said a 32-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and thrown off a bridge by police officers in civilian clothes.

Director Ashwin Raj says investigators from his office visited Naqia and interviewed several villagers who said they had witnessed the alleged incident.

Mr Raj said the team also visited the victim who was recovering in hospital.

He said a report on their findings would be handed over to police.

Mr Raj said no one is above the law and any "use of force by law enforcement agencies must be necessary, proportionate and lawful."

Police pair among 60 arrested for curfew breach in Fiji

Lautoka and Suva are now lockdown with the latter entering its first day following the announcement of two confirmed cases of the coronavirus there yesterday.

Fiji's Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho said the two officers arrested would be charged and will face internal disciplinary action.

Mr Qiliho warned police officers caught breaking the law would be expelled from the force, including those responsible for social gatherings at the police barracks.

Numbers of arrests for breaches of Fiji's Covid-19 curfew top 160

Police say 48 people were taken into custody overnight for breaching the curfew hours from 10pm-5am.

Minister for National Security, Inia Seruiratu, said despite repeated warnings and advisories people were not adhering to the Covid-19 restrictions.

He said this was one of the challenges facing law enforcement officers on the ground.

"There have been arrests throughout the country particularly in the western division. And of course most of them have been charged. We are still appealing to our people to please cooperate with us."

11 police officers in Fiji charged last month

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, seven officers were charged with perjury.

The seven are accused of conspiring by making false statements in relation to a traffic case.

Other cases involved an officer being charged with dangerous driving causing grievous harm, while another member of the force was charged with careless driving.

Fiji police should not be armed with taser guns - opposition

Last week, the police commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho said the use of taser guns was being looked at following revelations there had been over 120 cases of officers being seriously assaulted this year.

But the president of the National Federation Party, Pio Tikoduadua, says he's surprised police were unable to defend themselves with the batons and pepper spray they currently carry.

He says while officers should not be used as "punching bags", police with taser guns will only 'aggravate an already tense state of affairs'.

Fiji police appeal to public over attacks against officers

Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said the attacks had been on officers who were simply conducting their duties to keep Fiji safe and they must stop.

"Police officers put their lives on the line every day and when one is injured or loses their life while executing his or her duties, it impacts our service delivery, not to mention the pain and suffering it causes to the officers' families," he said in a statement.

Police would not take threats against officers' lives lightly, Mr Tudravu said.

Fiji police question NZ-based couple over family deaths

Police believe the man is known to the Indo-Fijian family whose members died, with local media reports saying he is believed to be a natural healer.

Post mortem findings are consistent with the ingestion of a substance by all five victims leading to their deaths.

The Lautoka court yesterday dismissed a police application to keep the New Zealander in custody for longer than 48 hours without facing charges.

The FBC reports the man's wife was also questioned and released last night.