28 Jun 2004

Fiji police warn of serious crime growth in Asian community

10:32 am on 28 June 2004

Fiji police have warned the country that it can expect much more serious Asian crime following the influx of Chinese nationals into the country.

The warning has come from the assistant commissioner for crime, Romanu Tikotikoca, after the decomposing body of a newly arrived Chinese woman was discovered stuffed in a suitcase in a flat in the Suva suburb of Flagstaff.

Assistant Commissioner Tikotikoca says these are the consequences of allowing Asian nationals into Fiji without proper background checks.

Two Asian women who lived in the flat with the murder victim have been taken into custody for questioning through interpreters.

The latest incident comes soon after the arrest of six Chinese in connection with the 600-million dollar drug bust in Suva and the Chinese Triad connected murders of three Asians and a Fijian security guard in a Lami fish factory late last year, which remain unsolved.

The opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has expressed concern about the types of crimes associated with new Asians which, he says, Fiji had never witnessed before.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, begins an official visit to Beijing later today to establish closer ties with China.