Hus­band of dead ex­pat ques­tioned by Po­lice CID

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Percy Kean

Aus­tralian na­tional Henri Lusaka has been ques­tioned by Po­lice over the al­leged mur­der of his wife.

Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro con­firmed that Mr Lusaka was dis­charged from the Colo­nial War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day.

She said Mr Lusaka was be­ing ques­tioned by the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment (CID) per­son­nel. Ms Downes, an em­ployee of the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme, was found dead in her house at Ser­vice Street in Do­main, Suva on the af­ter­noon of July 23, by Po­lice of­fi­cers who were called to the scene. Ac­cord­ing to Po­lice, Mr Lusaka had al­legedly at­tempted to take his life and was ad­mit­ted at CWM Hos­pi­tal. Po­lice also said Ms Downes was an Aus­tralian na­tional and that her hus­band, orig­i­nally from Congo, was a suspect in the case. They have three chil­dren.

A state­ment from the United Na­tions in the Pa­cific ear­lier said Ms Downes had worked as a lo­gis­tics of­fi­cer for the or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2017.

Ms Downes started her ca­reer as a lo­gis­ti­cian more than 10 years ago, first in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, then in Aus­tralia and Van­u­atu.

An ear­lier photo of Henri Lusaka with late wife Jen­nifer Downes.

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