30 Aug 2006

Fiji police revisits assault case involving politician's son

3:45 pm on 30 August 2006

Fiji's police commissioner has re-opened the criminal investigation file of a prominent politician's son who was allegedly involved in assaulting and robbing a Suva taxi driver.

Andrew Hughes has told Radio Legend that it is now time for a proper investigation.

He says a whole new investigation team is looking into the case to ensure that justice prevails.

Mr Hughes says he has met with the deputy commissioner crime, Kemueli Bulamainaivalu, and they both discussed their concerns that the original investigation may not have been as thorough as they would have expected.

The commissioner says because of that they felt they should have a review of the first investigation by a fresh team of detectives.

The Director of Public Prosecution's Office had earlier advised police that there was insufficient evidence to lay charges against the prominent politician's son.

The Daily Post newspaper today reported that police were investigating the source of anonymous letters being circulated in Suva alleging that judicial officials had been bribed to drop charges against the son.

The director of criminal investigations, Jo Rasiga, confirmed that their investigation into the letters followed a compliant from the DPP, Josaia Naigulevu.