16 May 2007

Fiji's interim attorney-general says allegations against military should be taken to police

3:09 pm on 16 May 2007

Fiji's interim administration says it has cordial relations with the security agencies and any allegations against them should be taken to the police.

The interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, was commenting after a Fijian businessman, Ulai Taoi, went on local television to show the bruising he received on his face and body after being detained at the military camp in Suva.

A member of the SDL party also spoke out about being taken to the camp and being threatened with being thrown in prison if they continued speaking out.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says it is not a breach of human rights to be detained and questioned but if something happens during that detention, people should take their allegations to police.

"There's no rounding up of people, so to speak. I think this has been blown out of proportion. One or two individuals have been taken in for questioning. Now, this stems from various activities of theirs or alleged activities of theirs. Of course, there has been communication with the security agencies, you've got to remember that it's not only the Fiji Military Forces that's been the subject of any allegations of infringements, it's also been the police."

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says the security agencies have been informed about human rights and a handbook on human rights is out.