Po­lice will not con­done bru­tal­ity, says Qil­iho

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Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho says Po­lice will not con­done bru­tal­ity un­der his watch. The Po­lice Com­mis­sioner said all al­le­ga­tions would be in­ves­ti­gated and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken if they were found to be true. He was com­ment­ing from In­done­sia last night on two re­ports of al­leged Po­lice bru­tal­ity. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho is at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence there. One re­port is about a com­plaint from a man who was in Po­lice cus­tody at To­togo Po­lice Sta­tion.

Ear­lier Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer Assistant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP) Ru­si­ate Tu­dravu con­firmed that the man, Ri­cardo Fisher, was ar­rested for a case of be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly last week. ACP Tu­dravu said Fisher was later charged for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in a Po­lice sta­tion while re­sist­ing ar­rest and had ap­peared in court. The sec­ond com­plaint is from a Lau­toka car­jack­ing ac­cused.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said al­le­ga­tions of Po­lice abuse or bru­tal­ity were not good for the im­age of the force. He said all com­plaints were in­ves­ti­gated.

He said it was a co-in­ci­dence that the latest claims had been made pub­lic while he was away overseas. He said he did not think that they were de­lib­er­ate at­tempts to un­der­mine his rep­u­ta­tion as com­mis­sioner. Mean­while, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho con­firmed last night that he would be at­tend­ing a course for one year at the Malaysian War Col­lege. He said he would leave next month. While he is away, his deputy, Isikeli Li­gairi, will act as com­mis­sioner.

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