7 Aug 2012

Fiji unionist confirms naming regime leader in police complaint

2:42 pm on 7 August 2012

Fiji Trades Union Congress leader Felix Anthony has rejected the interim government's claim that he did not file a complaint with police against the leader of the Fiji regime.

The Permanent Secretary of Information, Sharon Smith-Johns, says Mr Anthony has reported some members of the military but neither the Prime Minister nor the Fijian government was included in the complaint.

Mr Anthony says he detailed last month to the Lautoka Police threats and assaults against him by military officers in February last year.

He says he was punched and kicked by at least five soldiers, leaving him with a damaged eardrum and bruising that needed medical care.

He said he finally made the report after eighteen months after being urged to do so by authorities.

"The nature of the complaint was that I was assaulted by some military officers. The second part of the complaint was that the threat was made by the Prime Minister to me and my colleague. I actually named the Prime Minister and I quoted what he had actually said."

Mr Anthony says he was given a case number and medical forms to fill in.

He said he was told police will start investigating and they would keep him informed.

Police have now declined to comment.

In April, the military denied the allegations, with its spokesman saying if the complainants can give proof of an assault, it should be to the police.

The Information Ministry said at the time it couldn't make any comments regarding the military.