28 Oct 2009

Results of Fiji investigation into alleged brutality by military expected next week

12:58 pm on 28 October 2009

The interim defence minister in Fiji says he is expecting to receive results of an investigation into allegations of brutality against sugar cane farmers next week.

Ratu Epeli Ganilau says he last week asked the military to investigate claims that farmers were being beaten by members of the military.

He says he is yet to find out what prompted the abuse.

"Well about a week or so ago I received a letter from the General Secretary of the National Farmers Union which is Mahendra Chaudhry, outlining a number of alleged complaints regarding the involvement of soldiers in the sugar industry. There were allegations of harassment and a few other incidents which he had highlighted."

Ratu Epeli Ganilau says he believes the abuse has taken place in the Western Division and Vanua Levu in the Northern Division but are one-off incidents.