Po­lice of­fi­cers used ex­ces­sive force: Com­mis­sion

Fiji Sun - - NATION -

The Hu­man Rights and Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion has con­cluded that ex­ces­sive use of force was used by Po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing the ar­rest of a 32-year-old man of Wainibuka, Tailevu.

This fol­low the com­ple­tion of its in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of the Tailevu man, who was al­legedly thrown off a bridge by a group of Po­lice of­fi­cers dressed in civil­ian cloth­ing on April 14, 2020, with the in­ten­tion of pro­vid­ing re­dress to the vic­tim.

A state­ment from the Com­mis­sion said their find­ing was based on “avail­able ev­i­dence in­clud­ing med­i­cal records and vic­tim and wit­ness state­ments.”

It fur­ther con­cluded that the ar­rest re­sulted in “cruel, in­hu­mane, de­grad­ing or dis­pro­por­tion­ately se­vere treat­ment”.

The use of ex­ces­sive force is against the Fi­jian Con­sti­tu­tion.

Hu­man Rights and Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion

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