5 Mar 2013

Fiji authorities yet to comment on beating video

3:38 pm on 5 March 2013

A graphic video of two men being beaten in Fiji has emerged on the internet.

The Council For a Democractic Fiji say the video shows plain clothes police and army officers attacking the men and allege the incident is linked to the capture of escaped prisoners last September.

Alex Perrottet reports.

"The graphic video was posted last night on Facebook and shows two men being brutally beaten with pipes and truncheons. One man on the back of a pickup van is continually beaten, stomped on and at one stage has his genitals prodded with an baton. He is later stripped and the group of men continue to beat him. The other man on the ground is also beaten and a dog on a leash is seen to bite the man and drag him along the ground by his clothing. The Council for a Democratic Fiji have accused police of being involved in the incident and say the two men are escaped prisoners. The police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri says a statement will be issued."

In November, Fiji police said it could be months before an investigation into the injuries received by escaped prisoners when they were recaptured by police would be finished.

At least four of the five men were hospitalised, including one who had to have his leg amputated after being captured in a joint operation by police and soldiers in late September.

The assistant commissioner of police, Rusiate Tudravu, said at the time he could not say whether the police received a medical report into the men's injuries.

The government said last year it launched an investigation into the recapture but has to date declined to give a progress report.