25 May 2010

Two senior Fiji police officers facing criminal charges remain in police custody

10:15 am on 25 May 2010

The two senior Fiji police officers charged with allegedly trying to remove the Police Commissioner from office have been further remanded in custody.

Former Police Directors of Intelligence Special Branch, Rusiate Tuidravu and Berenando Kolinio are charged with allegedly conspiring to commit a felony, namely mutiny.

Fiji Village reports the two officers are alleged to have conspired between the 15th October 2009 to January 2010 to remove Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni from office and pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court last week.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Aca Rayawa, reiterated to the Magistrate Kaweendra Nayankara that the two officers should be remanded in custody for their own safety until the matter goes to trial.

Magistrate Nayankara remanded the two in custody until June 4th when the case is expected to be transferred to the high court.