The Commissioner of Police – Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho – has directed an investigation into the death of a 26year old man, who was allegedly assaulted by police officers last month.

According to a statement from the police commissioner, the victim was allegedly assaulted while police were attending to a report of a disturbance, outside a nightclub in Suva on the 2nd of last month.

Due to injuries sustained – he was taken to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, and was admitted up until he passed away yesterday.

Qiliho says following the initial report of the alleged assault, a directive was issued for a team from the Internal Affairs Unit, to investigate the allegations, and has now directed the case be taken over by the Director CID and his team.

Extending his heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family, Qiliho assured them that a thorough investigation will be conducted regarding the circumstances, surrounding the man’s death.

He reiterated that the Fiji Police Force has no place for officers who abuse their authority, and will not hesitate to remove anyone found to be doing so.

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