10 May 2007

Another night in custody for Fiji's top detective

6:42 am on 10 May 2007

Fiji's top detective spent his second night in police custody last night after being taken from his home late on Tuesday.

Officers of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption detained Assistant Commissioner Josaia Rasiga and kept him in a cell at the Central Police Station in Suva before taking him for questioning at their headquarters the next morning.

Television pictures last night showed him coming out of the office for a brief rest.

The chief investigator of the Corruption Investigation Unit, Superintendent Nasir Ali, says Mr Rasiga was being questioned over some allegations of corruption but would not give any further details.

Superintendent Ali could not say when Mr Rasiga would be released.

Under Fiji's tough new anti-corruption legislation decreed by President Iloilo, no warrant was needed for Mr Rasiga's arrest but unless he is released he has to be produced in court within 48 hours.